Israeli missile defence – the upper layer gets thicker

While many countries, including the US, are struggling to deploy anti-ballistic missile systems, Israel is upgrading its operational Arrow system and it will be more capable as time passes.   The Israeli Air Force’s (IAF’s) two operational Arrow anti-ballistic missiles interceptor batteries will soon be equipped with improved missiles.   The improved missiles have a […]

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Israeli aviation security measures – some countries will not cooperate

This has happened in the past in other parts of the world, but in recent years the focus has become Scandinavia. The Scandinavian authorities are reluctant to allow Israeli airlines to use the “special security” measures that are part of every flight from any point in the world to Israel, performed by an Israeli airline.This […]

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EL AL – high time for tough decisions

The approval of the open skies agreement between Israel and the EU was the last blow for EL AL. At this point, Israel’s largest airline will have to make some very fast and dramatic moves in order to survive.The airline anticipated this blow, however, and in the last six months has been busy preparing an […]

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Technology transfer – the Israeli dilemma

When the almost “iron” demand is that a country exporting arms will transfer know-how to the purchasing nation, Israel faces a big problem.In the past, arms deals with almost all the countries included offset agreements that were based on buying goods from the purchasing state, but this is almost history. Nowadays the requirement is to […]

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To land a mule on a coin

Adding capabilities to a unique flying platform is one way of persuading potential investors and clients to help in making a very special design an operational system.   When many companies in the world are trying to develop different types of unmanned Re-supply and Medevac missions, a small Israeli company is making bold but very […]

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First, Europe – and then the world.

Israeli unmanned air systems (UAS) may soon become the backbone of some major European armed forces.While the UK’s Watchkeeper programme is progressing according to plan – based on the Elbit Systems Hermes-450 – other countries are considering Israeli-made UAS.The most recent development is Germany’s renewed interest in the Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) Heron-TP medium-altitude, long-endurance […]

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Monitoring extensively operated aerial platforms

The Israeli air force (IAF) operates combat missions almost every day. Add to that extensive training for many potential scenarios, and you get a much “stretched” inventory.This situation calls for close monitoring of fatigue in IAF fixed-wing and rotary platforms.Special teams are developing methods to improve fatigue monitoring – and when one is proven it is […]

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New unmanned tools for maritime combat

The Israeli navy will use more unmanned platforms in its missions. It already operates an unmanned boat and is planning the deployment of small unmanned air systems (UAS) aboard patrol craft.In a rare interview, Col Sassi Hudeda, head of the navy’s weapons systems department, said the effort to develop small vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) […]

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Israel Aerospace Industries goes cellular

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) is going into the cellphone business.   Well, the company does not intend to compete with smartphone manufacturers or with the service providers, but in spite of this, it thinks that the potential is very big.   Fourth-generation cellular technology will enable small unmanned air systems (UAS) to transmit video directly […]

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From Merkavas to business jets

Ashot Ashkelon, a subsidiary of Israel Military Industries, is trying to get involved in the design of a new business jet. The company is mainly known for its part in manufacturing heavy mechanical subsystems for Israel’s Merkava main battle tank, and now plans to transfer more of its capabilities to the aerospace market.The company – […]

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