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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Science Fi(action) in the desert?

This blog is based on very few facts and a lot of imagination – but always remember that in some cases reality is even wilder that the wildest imagination.In recent weeks, Sudanese media reports have claimed that the Israeli air force attacked two weapon convoys traveling in Sudan on their way to the Gaza Strip.
According to […]

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Israeli-made UAS, Georgia, Russia and a British court

Take Israeli-made unmanned air systems (UAS) that are supplied to Georgia, a country that soon finds itself at war with Russia.   Add the fact that Russian fighter jets shot down some of them. Add the fact that following this, Moscow bought UAS from Israel, and on top of all that the fact that Georgia […]

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Homeland security budgets – available money for UAS

When national defence budgets are consumed to the last dollar or whatever currency they consist of, their “cousins” in homeland security are still alive and kicking.   This trend is gathering momentum in many countries and the manufacturers of “dual use” systems, ones that can be used by a military unit or by a police […]

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A new layer to the Israeli defence system against missiles

The Israeli multi-layered defence system against rockets and missiles is about to become more versatile.   Some of the tiers are already in place but as the threats get more diverse, the Israeli air force (IAF) is about to deploy more systems that will operate in conjunction with aerial platforms.   Will this unique multi-layered […]

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