A joint European UAS? National interests come first

Europe is not united – that is a fact. But when it comes to weapon systems, it seems that in some cases moves are made to create an impression of joint development and acquisitions – but the reality is totally different.While in politics differences are clear and no one is trying to disguise them, when […]

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Good things in small packages

Good things come in small packages. The demand for micro and mini unmanned air systems (UAS) is reaching a new peak.   The impression is that some armies, such as the Indian one, intend to deploy thousands of those portable “personal” UAS almost like soldiers’ assault rifles.   This trend required an adaptation of the […]

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Israeli UAS industry at crucial junction

Technology is not enough to survive. Israeli unmanned air systems (UAS) manufacturers are at a critical junction.While they have technology that results in very advanced capabilities, most of them may lack the necessary mass to be able to continue and compete in the world market.While the consolidation of aerospace and defence industries was stopped at […]

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Monopoly declaration another blow to El Al

As if it didn’t have enough already, El Al was hit with another problem earlier this week.The Israel Antitrust Authority on September 9 declared the airline a monopoly in providing security services to the other two Israeli airlines, Arkia and Israir.This decision brings to an end a long dispute caused by El Al supplying the […]

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New generation systems – the solution for shrinking budgets

If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck and quacks like a duck… If it looks like a slowdown in defence budgets in many countries, it must….   So we must begin to see what is happening – a solid slowdown in defence spending.   The trend is felt mainly in the USA […]

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The boom in mission aircraft

According to Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), mission aircraft are going to have a renaissance. And this time the definition will be attached to many types of aircraft.The indications come from IAI subsidiary Elta. This company is one of the leading manufacturers of radar and other sensors and it was only natural that it would see […]

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A joint effort to gain big pieces of a huge market

Indian companies with deep pockets have seen the potential in the local defence market – and are looking for partners. Israel is one of the natural “hunting grounds”.A few days ago, Indian company Piramal acquired a 28% stake in BlueBird – the Israeli unmanned air systems (UAS) manufacturer. The Indian company will seek more investments […]

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The US-Israeli anti-ballistic exercise – size is not important

Even if the planned US-Israeli joint anti-ballistic missiles exercise is smaller than expected and postponed, it will still give Israel a unique opportunity to evaluate its capability to handle massive ballistic missile attacks.   The exercise is being planned when in the background there is a war of words between those who favour an attack […]

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Vietnam – a new market for Israeli defence technology

Vietnam is poised to become a strong market for the Israeli aerospace and defence industries, as it looks to replace outdated Soviet-made equipment. The country has in the past few months indicated that it is interested in a variety of Israeli-made systems. In November 2011, Israeli president Shimon Peres visited Vietnam with a large group […]

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Another small step to correct a big mistake

Determination is sometimes a partial compensation for stupidity – and this has been proved again with the Israeli F-35.A short reminder – because of basic stupidity, the Israeli ministry of defence did not join the F-35 programme as full partner. After dragging its feet, Israel was accepted with the lowest possible status.This, when for Israel […]

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