The next-generation Israeli air-to-air missile – work continues

The details are highly classified, but without a doubt the next generation of Israeli-developed air-to-air missiles will have “special capabilities”. As reported in Flight International, Rafael has achieved some very important milestones in its development of a next generation air-to-air missile. The company is not revealing details of this highly classified programme, but there are […]

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A successful test of the naval “Iron Dome”

It can be dubbed the “Iron Dome” of the navy, or referred to as “the most versatile maritime defence system”. It could also be defined as a breakthrough in defence systems capable of destroying the widest variety of aerial threats. Most of its capabilities are classified, but there is no doubt that the Barak-8 missile […]

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Israeli air force “approved” by the US armed forces

The US Air Force, Navy and Army have recently acknowledged the Israeli air force (IAF) processes of certification and aerial qualification for its aircraft. Every flying aircraft has to be approved by an official authority. In Israel, civilian aircraft are approved by the civil aviation authority, while military types are approved by the IAF itself […]

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US- and Israeli-made weapon systems compete in India

The Indian market for advanced weapons systems is huge, and in the last 10 years the USA and Israel have been competing frequently for big chunks of it. Politics has played a major role in the competition, and therefore every change in the Indian political atmosphere is meaningful for US and Israeli defence companies. There […]

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Key ministers object to buying more F-35s

With the price tag attached to each Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II fighter, debate in the Israeli cabinet is reaching a new peak in an ongoing clash between those who support the acquisition of a large number of the aircraft and those who think it is a major mistake. Israeli newspaper Haaretz on Thursday exposed […]

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The robotic revolution on airport aprons has begun

Last week, another milestone was reached in implementing high-end technology on the aprons of airports. From the outside it may look like a return to the airport tractor, if more advanced and painted in a nice scheme. But the fact is TaxiBot is totally new technology. It is no exaggeration to say that it marks […]

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The growing threat of shoulder-launched missiles

Terrorism is spreading, and intelligence reports, one after the other, are pointing to one clear threat among many others – the terrorists, including those of the Islamic State (IS), have got their hands on a number of man-portable air defence systems (MANPADS), and are ready to use them. A new phase in the coalition’s efforts […]

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VR training for aircraft identification

The Israeli air force (IAF) is dealing with reality – a reality that can change in a split second. However, to get ready for such fast changes, service personnel are being trained in virtual reality. In the coming months, the IAF’s usage of virtual reality systems is set to grow. Despite all the advanced sensors used by […]

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Coming soon: the Islamic State air force, courtesy of the USA

If in the near future the Islamic State terror organisation deploys some air power on top of assault rifles, machine guns and big knives, the aircraft will carry stickers saying “courtesy of the USA”. Sounds crazy? Not when Washington does not begin to understand what really goes on in the Middle East. Israeli sources say […]

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Leaving the pilot on the ground – an idea that’s gaining popularity

The concept has the potential to become a trend: converting manned aircraft to unmanned systems. Examples are uncommon at present but that could all change. Israel is a natural place for such a transformation. The country is a world leader in unmanned air systems (UAS) and as these systems develop, the potential to take a […]

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