Israeli arms manufacturers hope dual-use weapons will find a market

Will a dual-use weapons system appeal to the Brazilian defence forces? The hope in Israel is that if it does, it will open a big potential market, but not only in Latin America. The trend to develop dual-use weapons systems has increased in recent years and some Israeli defence companies are getting involved. In recent […]

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Israel is the world’s top UAS exporter – can it keep its position?

Unmanned air systems (UAS) have become a very important item on the defence equipment shopping lists of countries around the world. UAS sales have reached an all-time high, according to data from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). Between 2010 and 2014, there were 439 deals for UAS – compared with 322 in the […]

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Israel to revisit debate over purchase of more F-35s

In the aftermath of the Israeli elections, a questionmark hangs over whether a new government will approve the purchase of more Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning IIs. In February, in an almost unprecedented decision, the cabinet opted not to approve the Israeli air force’s original request. After a heated debate, strong opposition within the cabinet resulted […]

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Israeli aerial sensors to oversee Brazil’s maritime resources

There are many reasons behind the recent co-operation agreements between Brazilian and Israeli companies, but one stands out very clearly: Brazil wants to use Israeli-developed defence systems to achieve two particular goals. Firstly, Brazil hopes to improve the capabilities of its local companies, but secondly, and even more importantly, it plans to use these combat-proven […]

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The IAF’s Lavi era begins

The “Lavi” era has begun for the Israeli air force (IAF). Last week, experienced fighter pilots – including reservists – returned to the classrooms of the IAF’s flight school to study mandatory check procedures once again. This was a part of a conversion workshop designed to turn Skyhawk A-4 instructors into Aermacchi M-346 (Lavi) instructors. […]

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Israel lengthens its arm amid Iranian nuclear zigzag

At the time of writing, a few hours remain before the deadline for the nuclear talks with Iran. The “zigzag” continues as Iranian officials on Sunday backed away from a critical element of a proposed nuclear agreement, saying they are no longer willing to ship their atomic fuel out of the country. No matter the […]

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Israeli air force “Samson” proves its worth

As deliveries of the Lockheed Martin C-130J Hercules to the Israeli air force continue, the advanced aircraft is being further integrated into the list of missions it is intended to perform. A few days ago, the C-130J (designated Samson by the Israeli force) took part in the final training exercise of the airborne evacuation course […]

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UAS carrier concept comes closer to reality

An unmanned air systems carrier remains a distant prospect, but while until some years ago, the idea might have provoked mirth, these days it doesn’t look as crazy as it once did. Aircraft carriers have proved their worth with many navies, as have helicopter carriers. These floating air bases have a role to play in […]

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Import or upgrade? The Israeli air force’s refuelling dilemma

It may not be the only dilemma the Israeli air force is facing but a decision will soon need to be made. An aerial refuelling capability is a top priority for the air force, but this critical operational capability is being maintained by various different methods that have been kept in service by constant upgrades. […]

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Syria still has chemical weapons – as Israel has known all along

When the world, and in particular the USA, celebrated “victory” in the campaign to rid Syria of chemical weapons, Israel did not join the festivities. Last week, when US secretary of state John Kerry delivered a fiery response to reports that the Assad regime had used chlorine gas as part of an attack on the […]

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