‘Hornet’, ‘Magic Touch’ helicopter squadrons train together

The Israeli air force (IAF) continues to implement operational lessons learned from last summer’s “Protective Edge” operation in Gaza. One recent instance was a training day during which two “sister” helicopter squadrons trained in operating together in various complex scenarios. It is rare to witness AH-64D Apache Longbow pilots carrying out a mission under the […]

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Open skies co-operation bolsters safety

The open skies agreement signed between Israel and the European aviation authorities has added capacity and lowered fares – and now also improves safety. The Israeli Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) joined the European Safety Assessment of Foreign Aircraft (SAFA) programme, which comprises 43 countries, mostly from Europe. The enhanced supervision of foreign airlines flying to […]

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South Korea buys Israeli-made UAS – and now UAS-detecting radar?

First South Korea decided to purchase Israeli-made unmanned air systems (UAS) – now Seoul is evaluating the purchase of Israeli-made radar systems that can detect small, low-flying UAS operated by North Korea. South Korean Defense Acquisition Program Administration officials recently visited Israel to review these radar systems, and a decision is expected soon. Seoul has […]

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Israeli air force crews go digital

The Israeli air force is going digital. Not only are the aircrews using advanced digital avionics installed in the existing fleet, but the kit the crews carry onto flights is itself being digitised. The “Elephant” squadron, which operates the Lockheed Martin C-130J Hercules, has been issued with a new tablet called the “iPill”, according to […]

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Boeing, Airbus vie to supply replacements for El Al’s Boeing 767s

Another round of talks, and again – it’s not only money, but emotions that are involved. El Al is in negotiations with Boeing and Airbus to purchase aircraft that will mainly replace its aging Boeing 767s. This round is based on technical and financial details, but in the background, Boeing wants not only to win […]

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Mystery surrounds death of US contractor in Saudi Arabia

As the days pass, the mystery surrounding the death in Saudi Arabia of US citizen Chris Cramer deepens. The body of Cramer, an employee of Kollsman, a US subsidiary of Israeli defence electronics company Elbit Systems, was found on 15 January near his hotel. He was involved in the integration of an electro-optical system used […]

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Small is beautiful: the new breed of mini and micro UAS

Small is beautiful when it comes to doing big things. That is the idea behind a miniature flight control system for mini and micro unmanned air systems. Innocon, the Israeli UAS manufacturer, has developed a new flight control system and is equipping all of its products with it. The micro Navigator is an advanced, highly […]

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Indian defence market looks beyond Israel for UAS

Manufacturers of mini unmanned air systems (UAS) in Israel are assessing the effect of the evolving deal to manufacture the US AeroVironment Raven in India. The plan – boosted during the recent visit by US President Barack Obama to India – is to produce the system in India from later this year. According to the plan, […]

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India looks to Israel for new fighter’s air-to-air missiles

At this stage in its procurement process, the Indian air force wants Israeli-made air-to-air missiles to hang under the wings of its new fighter aircraft. The Indian government has yet to make the final selection between the French Dassault Rafale and the Russian Sukhoi Su-30. But all indications are that there is a consensus among professionals […]

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A civil airliner emergency at an airforce base – the drill

Israel is a small country with many types of aircraft in the air around the clock, both military and civil. With only one fully-equipped international airport, some Israeli Air Force (IAF) bases can serve as alternatives in an emergency. Complicating matters is the fact that until the new international airport in the Red Sea resort […]

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