Israeli air force helicopters perform medical evacuation missions under fire

Israeli air force combat aircraft have so far performed hundreds of missions over Gaza as part of the general effort to stop rockets being launched into Israel. The air strikes also aim to suppress ground fire aimed at the Israeli Defense Forces ground units that entered Gaza when the aerial campaign also became a ground […]

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IAI seeks to boost civil market share with new light “flying limo”

It is another effort to capture a bigger share of the civil market. The move has been expected for some time but now more details have emerged: Israel Aerospace Industries has sets its sights on a market that does not exist but which the company thinks has big potential. IAI is developing a small executive […]

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Robots start to move into commercial aviation

Unmanned air systems (UAS) are currently used for defence and civil applications, but many observers claim that it is only a question of time before the unmanned “fashion”  penetrates commercial aviation. That, I think, will take time – more because of psychological reasons than technological ones – but the industry is going into the robotic […]

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Israel Aerospace Industries expands Brazilian footprint

Israel Aerospace Industries is expanding its presence in Brazil. European Advanced Technology has acquired a minority holding in São Paulo-based Avionics Service as part of the IAI subsidiary’s strategic expansion into the Brazilian defence market. IAI has also signed a co-operation agreement with Avionics Service to conduct activities in the Brazilian defence market including marketing […]

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Different generations of surface-to-air missiles tackle new threats

The multiple layers of the Israeli air defence system yesterday proved one of its capabilities. While the Iron Dome system continues to intercept rockets launched from Gaza, a Patriot surface-to-air missile shot down an unmanned air system (UAS) operated by the Hamas terror organisation. The threat of hostile UAS has increased since the Second Lebanon […]

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Fly low and survive

Flying low is often the best protection for helicopters on military missions. However, when flying just above the ground the problem is how to avoid all the known and unknown obstacles that can hit you just as hard as gunfire. Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has recently unveiled helicopter safety technology which enables flight in degraded […]

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Iron Dome – a game changer in action

In recent days I’ve learned how to distinguish between the sounds. Luckily, 90% of the time the sound was that of a successful intercept of an incoming rocket over central Israel. That sound is heard by Israelis in many other parts of the country being targeted by the Hamas terror organisation. Since the beginning of […]

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UAVs crucial in supressing rocket fire from Gaza

In recent days, Israeli air force unmanned air vehicles have proven that they have a critical role to play in defending Israel. Since the launching of rockets from Gaza into Israel has intensified, aircraft from the  air force’s First UAV Squadron, operating from Palmachim air base in the centre of the country, have flown around […]

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Israel and the F-35 programme

Whenever the Israeli aerospace industry gets work related to the Lockheed Martin F-35, it’s a reminder of the stupid way Israel managed its involvement in the programme. Because of basic stupidity, the Israeli ministry of defence did not join the F-35 programme as a full partner – as offered by the USA. After dragging its […]

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Advanced mini UAS remain in demand

Until recently it seemed that Israel Aerospace Industries had almost abandoned the development of miniature unmanned air systems. The big money is in the larger versions such as the Heron and Heron TP, but the indications from the market are that there is demand for the mini UAS and the Israeli company has responded. It […]

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