The Israeli Air Force and NATO – be out, feel in

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The fact that Israel is not a NATO member is considered abnormal by many. Until this abnormality is corrected, the Israeli Air Force (IAF) is expanding its operational cooperation with a growing number of air forces.   Some Israeli leaders are convinced that joining NATO would act as a vital deterrent against Iran. But that […]

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“Israeli Air Force One” on hold

The Israeli prime minister and president‫ ‬will have to continue using regular commercial flights or chartered aircraft from Israeli airlines for official visits abroad.The plan to purchase or lease a dedicated aircraft to fly the heads of state abroad was shelved because the current “atmosphere” is not right now for such an investment. The Israeli […]

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The Bedek conversion business – the next bonanza on the horizon

The Boeing 767 will fill the gap until the big “boom”, the 777. This is the latest forecast from the Bedek group at Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI).   The Bedek group has completed a feasibility study on the conversion of the Boeing 777 and, based on the results, decided that this is the next conversion […]

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Imminent threat, available solution, implementation

There is no way to put it less bluntly. Will airlines around the world equip their aircraft with countermeasures that can defeat shoulder-launched missiles before an airliner is downed, or after?The question has been relevant for some years, but it is more so when Israel is about to begin installing such countermeasures on its fleet […]

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Close and far air support for the Israeli navy

The operational cooperation between the Israel navy and air force is tightening. New threats in the Mediterranean, and far away, have created the need for daily joint operations.   In long-range operations such as intercepting ships that tried to smuggle weapons to the Gaza Strip, the air force has been very active in detecting the […]

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Sun sets over Sundor – the end of a virtual airline

The Israeli Civil Aviation Authority will not allow the operation of “virtual airlines”. This decision actually puts the lid on Sundor, the charter subsidiary of El Al. This places El Al in a very awkward position. It has lost its charter operation that could fly on the Jewish Sabbath. And the open skies agreement with […]

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Fly and let fly – regulating the unmanned platforms

The range is impressive. It goes from micro unmanned air systems (UAS) through tactical 6kg UAS and up to a one-tonne UAS with a wingspan of a Boeing 737.   With the fast-growing use of UAS, Israel wants to ensure their close regulation as these robots in the sky fly in crowded Israeli airspace.   […]

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Anti-bribery and -corruption regulations – the real-world test

Bribery and corruption have been part of many arms deals around the world. From time to time, scandals related to such deals have rocked governments in various countries. Some people involved were prosecuted, with some ending up in jail. After Israel became one of the major arms exporters (one of the big 10), a need […]

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Cyber war – Israel will retaliate with brute force

The threat is real and imminent. A cyber attack on Israeli infrastructure may include air traffic control installations.   In recent weeks, Israel has been under a constant cyber attack and the government has ordered the general security service to take every necessary step to counter this.   The National Cyber Defence Authority (NCDA), which […]

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Keeping air bases operational when rockets hit

The super-dramatic proliferation of rockets in the Middle East makes the continued operation of air bases a top priority that has to be addressed now, today, this minute.   Israeli air force (IAF) bases are main targets for rockets and missiles in any future war with countries such as Syria or militant groups such as […]

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