Heron TP: the crash, the investigation, the time factor

The Israeli air force’s Heron TP (or Eitan) strategic unmanned air system (UAS) crashed on 29 January during a test flight, minutes after taking off from an air force base in central Israel. The investigation into the crash is currently at its initial stage.The test flight was carried out jointly by the air force and […]

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Israel’s eyes in space – the new generation

Israel is sharpening its eyes in space by developing new optical and radar eyes. The target is to see every small detail in “areas of interest” day and night, winter and summer, 24/7.   The capabilities are very high, more than is reflected in official publications, and they are improving all the time.   The […]

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“Building blocks” in anticipation of a pressing need

The strategy has changed for Israeli companies that are expected to develop the “tools” for the next war. Not big, heavily funded programmes that are aimed at developing one system – rather, an overall effort to develop “building blocks” that will be used for more than one application.Rafael has for the first time admitted that […]

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Arrow + IAI + Boeing = much more than three

This expansion will lead to more than just cooperation between two defence industries. It seems that both sides understand the potential and they will not let it be wasted.   What started in the late 80s as the US funding of an ambitious Israeli programme to develop an anti-ballistic missiles system has become a more […]

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Selecting a main system – not just specs (welcome to reality)

There‫ ‬is no competition aimed at selecting a main defence platform that is not “infected” with political considerations.Israel has avoided these considerations by, until recently, purchasing almost all its main systems from the US, using that country’s Foreign Military Financing (FMF) programme.That easy life ended when the Israeli air force short-listed two finalists to replace […]

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The Israeli Air Force and NATO – be out, feel in

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The fact that Israel is not a NATO member is considered abnormal by many. Until this abnormality is corrected, the Israeli Air Force (IAF) is expanding its operational cooperation with a growing number of air forces.   Some Israeli leaders are convinced that joining NATO would act as a vital deterrent against Iran. But that […]

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“Israeli Air Force One” on hold

The Israeli prime minister and president‫ ‬will have to continue using regular commercial flights or chartered aircraft from Israeli airlines for official visits abroad.The plan to purchase or lease a dedicated aircraft to fly the heads of state abroad was shelved because the current “atmosphere” is not right now for such an investment. The Israeli […]

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The Bedek conversion business – the next bonanza on the horizon

The Boeing 767 will fill the gap until the big “boom”, the 777. This is the latest forecast from the Bedek group at Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI).   The Bedek group has completed a feasibility study on the conversion of the Boeing 777 and, based on the results, decided that this is the next conversion […]

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Imminent threat, available solution, implementation

There is no way to put it less bluntly. Will airlines around the world equip their aircraft with countermeasures that can defeat shoulder-launched missiles before an airliner is downed, or after?The question has been relevant for some years, but it is more so when Israel is about to begin installing such countermeasures on its fleet […]

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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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