Barak 8 air defence system competing in eastern Europe

Recent developments in eastern Europe – mainly the ongoing conflict involving Russia and Ukraine – has moved air defence to top priority for some countries in the region. All of a sudden, aerial threats seem very real in a region once perceived as relatively stable. This explains the surge in interest in Israel’s Barak 8 air […]

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Covering airspaces in eastern Europe – the gap has to be closed, and fast

The airspaces of some countries in eastern Europe are getting more attention now, as the Russia-Ukraine crisis reaches a new peak. The Russian troop buildup on the Ukrainian border represents an increased threat of invasion by President Vladimir Putin’s army, US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said on Wednesday. US and NATO officials say there are […]

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Geopolitical change and the impact on the arms trade

The global arms trade is subject to political change – and that sometimes puts Israeli defence companies in problematic positions. A little history: years ago, when the Shah ruled Iran, the country was a major customer. Then the Ayatollahs took over, and the market was eliminated overnight. South Africa was also once a major buyer […]

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The IAF and Protective Edge – round-the-clock flying

The 72-hour ceasefire between Israel and Hamas in Gaza may signal the end of Israel’s Operation “Protective Edge” –  or it may just be a break in the intensive fighting, in which the Israeli air force (IAF) has had a crucial role. Over the last 30 days the IAF has been strained to almost its […]

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Payload – a crucial part in a “strategic” aerial system

The process of turning an aerial system from a “tactical” offering into one with “strategic” capabilities is multifaceted. Payload capabilities and endurance are two very important factors – but payload is in many cases at the top of the list. This is true especially with unmanned air systems (UAS). Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) manufactures many […]

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“Protective Edge” expedites Hermes 900 integration

Wars expedite the process of bringing weapon systems to full operational status. During the first week of operation “Protective Edge” in Gaza, Elbit Systems’s Hermes 900 unmanned air system (UAS) took off on its first operational mission. Until that point the UAS had only gone out on test flights. According to the original plans, the […]

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Surface-to-air missile defence – lots of talk, but little action

In the wake of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 being shot down a few weeks ago allegedly by a surface-to-air missile, many words have been written about the need to protect passenger aircraft from such threats. Some news channels have assembled a mishmash of facts, half-facts and imagination in trying to describe both the threat and […]

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Rescue efforts begin for UAS exports to Poland

This is a fiasco. The Israeli ministry of defence is trying to find a way to allow Israeli companies to supply at least part of expected Polish requirements for unmanned air systems. Earlier this year the MoD withdrew export permits to Poland held by two major Israeli UAS manufacturers – Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and […]

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Aerial refuelling keeps fighters on station

The Israeli air force’s in-flight refuelling capability has been built with long range combat missions in mind – you need an accompanying fuel station in the skies. However, the current “Protective Edge” operation in Gaza proves there are exceptions In addition to ground manoeuvres in the Gaza Strip, the IAF’s airstrikes continue. Although the fighting […]

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The FAA ban on flights to Israel – reality beats instincts

There are many indications that the 36h ban on flights to Israel was imposed by the US Federal Aviation Administration as an instinctive reaction more than one based on facts. The ban was lifted this morning without a change in the basic facts – the fighting in Gaza continues and  Hamas still has a large […]

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