The Israeli navy – small patrol boats with small unmanned air systems

The Israeli navy is yet to decide what its future vessels will be. Even after that decision is made, budget allocation will be slow. For some reason that remains unclear, the navy is a long way down the queue for budgets. But one thing that is moving ahead is a plan to equip the current […]

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State comptroller’s report is severe, but things won’t change

A country that develops some of the most advanced weapon systems in the world. A country with aerospace and defence industries that have not even begun consolidation. Add to this the different interests of the ministry of defence and ministry of foreign affairs and you have a mix that leads to a severe report by […]

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Extra fee for presidential travel an embarrassment to EL AL

Take an airline that, in spite of being privatised, is still considered the national airline and, on the other hand, a strange approach towards a national symbol such as the state president and you get an embarrassing incident. This leads to asking, “How did this incident happen?”.Any business should be based on commercial rules, but […]

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The prospects and hurdles of a new fighter aircraft upgrade surge

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) expects a surge in demand for upgrades of old fighter aircraft and helicopters in coming years.The company believes that after a relatively slow period in the upgrade business, the market is going to become a “meaningful” part of its international portfolio.Industry experts said the assessment is that demand will largely come […]

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Will IAI’s Heron-TP become NATO’s MALE UAS?

The indications have been there for at least a year – but they were not enough. Now, however – and with great caution – Israeli sources say that the Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) Heron-TP unmanned air system (UAS) may become the medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) choice of many European countries, as part of their common NATO […]

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F-35 for Israel – whispers of doubt grow louder

What until some months ago were only whispers, have become loud words of scepticism. Reports about more delays in the F-35 programme and about the growing costs have brought about the change and key people in the Israeli defence establishment are expressing their thoughts openly.With delivery dates pushed to 2018, growing costs and reports about […]

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New tactical fighting tools on the ground and in the air

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) will not be changing its name, but the country’s largest aerospace company is increasing its involvement in ground operations. The phrasing may seem odd, but when in current ground fighting the target is to achieve the shortest sensor-to-shooter time and precise, immediate fire, it becomes more logical.The new IAI ground team […]

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Israel Aerospace Industries robots all around

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Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) is slowly becoming the robotics house of Israel and, if I may make a small forecast, of the world.   I am talking about robots that will participate in combat and in many cases will deliver the punch necessary to win it.   After 40 years of developing unmanned air systems […]

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Slow process can tailor F-35 to Israel’s needs

Israel is continuing its efforts to obtain US approval to install more locally made systems on the Lockheed Martin F-35s that will be acquired by the Israeli airforce (IAF).Some progress has been made. This fact can be learned from a report prepared by the US Congress research service last month.The report says that in June […]

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Unmanned air systems in rescue missions for downed pilots

Another mission was recently added to the long list already performed by Israel Air Force (IAF) unmanned air systems (UAS).The first UAS squadron of the IAF is training to support the 669 search and rescue unit in locating a downed pilot.The mission is performed by the squadron’s Heron 1 UAS, which has a long endurance […]

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