UAS carrier concept comes closer to reality

An unmanned air systems carrier remains a distant prospect, but while until some years ago, the idea might have provoked mirth, these days it doesn’t look as crazy as it once did. Aircraft carriers have proved their worth with many navies, as have helicopter carriers. These floating air bases have a role to play in […]

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Import or upgrade? The Israeli air force’s refuelling dilemma

It may not be the only dilemma the Israeli air force is facing but a decision will soon need to be made. An aerial refuelling capability is a top priority for the air force, but this critical operational capability is being maintained by various different methods that have been kept in service by constant upgrades. […]

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Syria still has chemical weapons – as Israel has known all along

When the world, and in particular the USA, celebrated “victory” in the campaign to rid Syria of chemical weapons, Israel did not join the festivities. Last week, when US secretary of state John Kerry delivered a fiery response to reports that the Assad regime had used chlorine gas as part of an attack on the […]

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Will a zero-tolerance policy on unruly passengers have teeth?

The Israeli Civil Aviation Authority have adopted a “zero-tolerance” policy against passengers that disrupt flights on Israeli airlines. The CAA, Israeli police and airlines have decided to use a heavy-handed approach to stop the growing number of disruptions in flight involving passengers. Some passengers have been photographed on mobile phones shouting at cabin crews and […]

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Robots in the skies work together with others on the ground

It looks like something from a science fiction movie: along the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip, robots in the air and on the ground are performing a growing number of missions. In some cases, they co-operate through an advanced command-and-control system. Unmanned air systems and unmanned ground systems play very active roles in […]

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“Buy American” – You don’t have any other choice

 You make the best systems for combat missions but still you buy them elsewhere. It may seem strange but it is the reality of the situation whereby Israel receives a large military grant from the USA in the framework of Washington’s Foreign Military Financing programme. It is nice to get a few billion dollars as […]

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Turnkey projects unlock opportunities for Israeli UAS manufacturers

The increasing competition in the unmanned air systems market is forcing Israeli manufacturers to offer potential clients “turnkey” projects that include a lot more than the aerial platforms. Competition in the sector is growing particularly stiff  in the mini and medium-sized categories as new manufacturers have entered the market and have in many cases lowered […]

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Ballistic defence simulation courtesy of the Syrian regime

“That was the best simulation system that we could hope for,” an Israeli source said this week. He was referring to the Israeli air force’s tracking of the trajectories of all surface-to-surface missiles used by the Syrian regime against rebels since the civil war in the country began. The civil war in Syria and the […]

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Air force drill tackles surface-to-air missile ambushes

Surface-to-air missiles are no longer solely in the hands of organised armies. These missiles, whether shoulder-launched or from sophisticated launcher, can shoot down a combat aircraft in spite of all the defensive systems on board. Besides the wide variety of anti-aircraft missiles, the threat is even more complicated when they are launched from densely populated […]

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The silent war that delivers a knock-out blow

There is a silent war that can determine the results of the overt one. Receivers, transmitters and many computers in between are its weapons and in Israel it has reached a level that is crucial to national security in its widest meaning. The Israeli air force is expanding the size of its Airborne Electronic Control […]

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