The ‘mule’ is tough but he needs help

One thing is sure, the vision and determination of one man and the skills of the people he has gathered around him may be the beginning of a revolution.   The AirMule ducted fan unmanned platform is a private initiative but in recent days, for the first time, a source in a key position has […]

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El Al can – and must – change the “gloomy future” instead of complaining

Israeli airline El Al sees the upcoming European Common Aviation Area (ECAA) agreement between Israel and the EU in apocalyptic terms. The airline has become a “serial complainer” in recent years. First, it was the fact that it is not accepted into any of the aviation alliances, and now it is complaining about the European […]

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Justice must be seen – the arms deals version

International military hardware deals always involve emotions. If you handle the negotiations according to the expected procedures, these emotions may be contained. But when you break the sometimes unwritten rules, you create a major problem.   Israel now faces such a problem, after selecting the Aermacchi  M-346 trainer. Italy is happy. South Korea, which lost […]

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Limited wars, limited damage, big potential market

Low-intensity wars, asymmetric wars, urban wars. You can attach a name of your choice, but they all pose a major problem – how to kill the enemy but avoid collateral damage, in this case killing innocent people.   Israeli companies have understood that these weapons will be in great demand as limited wars have been […]

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Training UAS operators – the new business potential

There is new business for Israeli unmanned air systems (UAS) manufacturers. One decision by the biggest and one contract awarded to one of the smallest are proof that this is real business and may hold significant potential.   Within a matter of days, Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) announced the establishment of a UAS academy, while […]

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Military intelligence-gathering’s “sixth sense”

Sensors. Very advanced sensors. This is the keyword in the current hottest game. Sensors are, in most cases, the difference between a successful attack on an enemy target and a complete failure.As the enemy hides targets or camouflages them, the sensors must get smarter. In recent days, the Electro-optics (Elop) division of Israel’s Elbit Systems, […]

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The changing pattern of enemies and allies – new markets

The world is changing very fast. Old enemies become allies. Past potential enemies become “partners in interests”.   The fast tracks of international relations cross the traditional separation lines between countries.   The Israeli defence ministry has given the green light to the country’s defence and aerospace industries to sell their products to Indonesia, the […]

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Defence budgets in disguise – a growing trend?

Defence budgets in disguise are the hottest trend in some parts of the world. The idea was born from the pressure to cut defence budgets according to the economic situation.Israel Aerospace Industries’ (IAI) Heron unmanned aerial system (UAS) was recently flown in Greece, as part of a demonstration held by the EU border security agency […]

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Back from the junk yard – no alternative for the CH-53

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      The importance of the CH-53 (Yasur) helicopter to the Israeli Air Force (IAF) is exceptional.   There is no replacement for the heavy helicopter and the best proof of this is the many upgrade programmes it is undergoing in an effort to prolong its full-of-action service life.   There is always exceptional […]

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Symbols and the Israeli air force

Is Israel preparing an attack on the nuclear facilities of Iran, where it is feared the country’s first nuclear bomb is being developed?The issue became the centre of hectic high-level talks between the US and Israel, with some US media reporting that an attack will be carried out before summer. Guesses can make for good […]

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