The conversion market – forecasts and preparations

How will the introduction into service of the Boeing 787 affect the conversion market?   While many question marks still remain, related to the world economic situation, preparations are being made.   The Bedek Group of Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) is a leading conversion centre, and as such the “next big thing” should be clear […]

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Protecting helicopters from kinetic threats – the challenge

Sitting duck, easy target, bull’s-eye. The same idea with many names and one unifying fact – helicopters have become easy prey for any soldier with a vintage anti-tank rocket .While fixed-wing aircraft, tanks and armoured personnel carriers (APCs) are being defended by active and reactive systems, the helicopter is in most cases “naked”.The Israeli air […]

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Many types of aerial platforms – one sophisticated training tool

“Unified combat”, “net-centric warfare” – the name is not important. The changing needs of modern air combat require that almost all types of aircraft operated by an air force will “play” like a well-practiced orchestra.The Israeli air force (IAF) has indentified this need, and is preparing itself to answer it.The IAF has recently awarded a […]

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Time to think out of the box

When the defence budget is strained to its limits and beyond, only thinking out of the box may help.   This happens now in Israel, where operational needs are increasing by the month, and the budget does not match the pace of new requirements.   In recent months the ministry of defence has begun looking […]

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Alliances and partnerships in the UAS business

The growing competition in unmanned air systems (UAS) has resulted in more alliances between manufacturers, and between them and strategic partners.   What happened in the airline business, which is currently dominated by big alliances, happens now on a smaller scale in the UAS market.   We can see an example of this trend in […]

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Checkmate – the ECM war

This has become a war of the mind.A threat is exposed and someone wants to counter it – this principle is not new. What is new is the pace. This war has become a rollercoaster – and this speed results in very advanced defence systems.Israel has succeeded in persuading Moscow not to sell the S-300 […]

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ATOL – the effort continues as the demands grow

Automatic take-off and landing (ATOL) will be standard on any future unmanned aerial system (UAS), but currently manufacturers are struggling to adapt it to all the types they are developing.It’s a tricky feature, and it must work accurately in most conditions – but this is not so simple.Israeli UAS manufacturers have installed ATOL on some […]

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Secret negotiations take place in battle for Indian UAS contracts

The huge market potential for unmanned air systems (UASs) in India is changing the landscape. Indian companies – not just in the aerospace and defence business – are seeking to invest in the sector in an attempt to win a chunk of the Indian defence modernisation budget, which is already big and will only get […]

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Close air support – air force or ground forces? Signs of change

Since I wrote about this debate some time ago, something has changed. It’s not the end of the debate, but at last things are finally happening.Brig Gen Sami Turjeman , commander of the Israeli Defence Forces’ (IDF) ground forces said on 23 May that his units will soon be equipped with long-range accurate rockets.This announcement […]

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Revolution and evolution – side by side in the UAS world

The revolution that unmanned air systems (UAS) have brought to the modern combat arena is accompanied by a parallel evolution in the operation of these weapons. However, this process is multi-layered and requires many changes.The Israeli aerospace and defence industries are a main source of all types of UAS, and as such also develop the […]

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