The “side effects” of terror – flying near the Sinai desert

The threat of terror is putting the airline industry under pressure without even performing a hostile act. The security apparatus that surrounds the industry worldwide has an enormous price tag. Now, the potential threat may force two Israeli airlines to phase out a certain type of aircraft used on domestic flights.This is the situation – […]

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A change of direction in technology

Until recently military technology was often adapted for civil uses – enabling Israeli defence companies like Rafael to establish subsidiary companies that take the technology developed for missiles, for example, and adapt it for medical purposes.This direction has changed. Now we see more civil technologies being adapted for military uses.The reason behind this is simple […]

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Sensors along the runway – not just for FOD

Sensors, especially very advanced ones, have a unique way of self development. Or, to be more precise, the sensors are becoming diversified as they are being used for purposes other than the original aim.Foreign object detection (FOD) on runways is an international problem. Special teams at civil airports and air bases have one job – […]

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Using limited defences against a variety of threats

The complexity of the solutions is growing at a much faster pace than the threats themselves.When a country is threatened by a multitude of rockets, missiles and air-ground weapons systems, many of them of the smart type, someone has to take charge of coordinating all the defensive means the country has, which is a very […]

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Mission aircraft – not just for tackling smugglers

Mission aircraft are becoming a key tool for enforcing a country’s‫ ‬sovereignty in the defined space inside its borders. As a result, this releases budgets that in the past would not have been available.Countries want to monitor their borders efficiently, not only to detect intrusions but also to detect more sophisticated threats.Latin America has emerged […]

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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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