Greek, Israeli F-16s train over Israeli desert

Israel is not a member of any military alliance but the need to co-operate on a regional basis has resulted in a series of joint exercises between the Israeli air force and other forces that operate in the region. Earlier this week a Greek air force F-16C/D squadron landed at the Uvda air base, where […]

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The growing threat of terrorist UAS

Terror organisations will step up their efforts to perform attacks on targets in Israel using a variety of unmanned air systems (UAS). This is the intelligence assessment of the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF). In recent years terror groups used UAS to try and penetrate Israeli airspace. These  basic UAS were shot down by Israeli air […]

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IAF F-15s get new emergency take-off abort software

Software that helps pilots take-off in extreme conditions has been installed on the Israeli air force’s (IAF) Boeing F-15s . According to the IAF website, the new software went operational with three F-15 squadrons a month ago. The software had previously only been installed on the IAF’s Lockheed Martin F-16s. The software calculates the immediate […]

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The IAF’s new UAS “Analyser”

With the growing number of unmanned air systems (UAS) operated by the Israeli air force (IAF), a system that can extract and analyse data related to performance is a must. The need has become even more urgent with the joint operation of different types of UAS – specifically the the Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) Heron-1 and Elbit […]

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Birds battle combat aircraft over Israeli airspace

The Israeli air force performs combat missions almost on a daily basis. But one battle goes on around the clock – and winning it is a major operation at all the force’s bases. This battle is against nature – namely, the birds sharing the skies with the aircraft. Every year, thousands of flights taking off […]

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UAVs take over another traditional role

Elbit Systems has developed a new mobile simulator in an effort to meet the functional and operational training requirements of modern artillery forces. The company said in a news release that the simulator is capable of integrating with unmanned forward observers, including its Skylark I-LE unmanned air system (UAS), which is designed for intelligence, surveillance […]

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V-22 for the IAF – the focus of political turmoil

The proposal to equip the Israeli air force (IAF) with the Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey has spurred a heated debate in the country’s cabinet. While many in the Israeli defence forces (IDF) see a clear requirement for the tiltrotor aircraft, others consider it a “nice to have”, and very low on the shopping list. Last […]

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Elbit seeks UAS potential amid latest operational demands

The unmanned air system (UAS) division of Elbit Systems is evaluating the latest operational needs in order to enhance its market penetration with new designs. In recent years, the Israeli company has managed to score a number of impressive successes in this competitive market, and while it continues to promote sales of its currently manufactured systems, […]

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Small but meaningful success in an uphill marketing effort

Marketing the Israeli-developed protection system against man-portable missiles (MANPADS) has been an uphill struggle. For this reason, the contract recently signed between Israel’s Elbit Systems and Germany’s Diehl BGT Defence is a big success. Now, for the first time, the system will be installed as standard on military transports – one of the easiest targets for […]

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El Al third-quarter results hit by impact of Gaza conflict

The Israeli economy suffered as a result of Operation Protective Edge this summer in Gaza. The fighting had an across-the-board impact on businesses of all sizes and airlines were no exception. El Al, the largest Israeli carrier, posted a net profit of $10.1 million in the third quarter of 2014, down 82% from $57.9 million […]

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