Speed is critical in maritime patrol – UAS vs manned platforms

Maritime patrol aircraft have gained greater importance in recent years, countering terror threats from the sea, protecting the Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZ) and watching over offshore natural resources. Unmanned air systems look to be the perfect solution. Long hours of “ironing”  huge spans of ocean is a tedious job for pilots and other crew members […]

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Designed in Israel, assembled in the US

It can normally be found on stickers on the back of consumer electronics or optical devices: “Designed in the US, assembled in Mexico.” The combinations vary but they have one aim – to tell the customer that the design was completed in an advanced country while the product was assembled in one with cheap labour. […]

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The “pretenders” that help IAF pilots survive

As war has changed, so has military training. The Israeli air force (IAF) is naturally training for all-out war, but its everyday missions are against targets hiding in densely populated areas, in hostile neighbouring countries. The targets do not have the  sophisticated weapons to confront fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters equipped with the most advanced weapon […]

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The long-lasting patience of the lone hunter

Loitering munitions are very patient hunters. The weapons look for their prey from the air and then kill it. And earlier this week, developers revealed that one type can hunt for more than 6h. Current interest in Israel Aerospace Industries’ (IAI) loitering munitions (LM) proves that wars fought in the last decade demonstrated the need […]

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Smart weapons on basic platforms are a trendy combination

Budget pressures sometimes create trends. A recent one in some countries is to use a very basic helicopter and give it capabilities that were not in the list that guided its developers. So how do you give a transport helicopter the capability to perform attacks on ground targets as a main or secondary mission? The […]

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Will evolution lead to a revolution for Panther UAS?

Vertical take-off and landing is a brilliant idea but it took long years until the Boeing V-22 Osprey became fully operational. In aviation, there is evolution rather than revolutions. The same process is now taking place with the introduction of a VTOL unmanned air system into service. Israel Aerospace Industries has developed the Panther, an […]

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Avoiding communications chaos

The requirement for achieving the necessary communication capabilities between combat aircraft and ground forces is the perfect recipe for total chaos. The military wants voice, data, images and more transmitted in real time and at excellent quality. The pilots and ground forces will not settle for less. To avoid communications chaos, there is a need […]

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Terrain dominance – the operational requirement is answered

At first this was considered another trendy military buzzword. But “terrain dominance” describes an operational requirement in all types of warfare fought today. In simple words:  you constantly need to know exactly what is going on in the terrain or area that poses the biggest threat. Many companies in the world have understood this requirement and […]

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Speed with advanced radars bring UAS to a new level

The combination of a faster unmanned air system with advanced payloads, particularly SAR/GMTI radars, is seen by Israel Aerospace Industries as the main selling point of the company’s recently unveiled Super Heron UAS. The Super Heron is a larger, faster version of the combat-proven Heron UAS and has a new design, featuring a more streamlined […]

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Pilots out, fly-away kit in – the unmanned helicopter takes shape

The effort continues at a slow pace, but it looks set to pick up as soon as a serious potential customer is ready to invest the money needed to manufacture a “fly-away kit”. Such a kit will take pilots out of helicopter cockpits and replace them with additional fuel tanks, or payloads, with the possibilities […]

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