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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GPS? Yes, but with backup

GPS is a very handy tool that is now a part of all smartphones. It is also used to navigate aircraft, unmanned air systems (UAS) and weapon systems. But this handy tool can be disrupted with a small system that can be purchased for as little as $100.Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), a leading UAS manufacturer, […]

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Balloons and hovering platforms – cost-effective solutions

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Hovering platforms and balloons. One platform is new and very advanced, the other is making a comeback. Both serve to put an “eye in the sky” for long endurances and with little operational costs.   The demand created the innovation and the comeback, and customers are very satisfied with the variety.   Last week, Israel […]

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Turning night into day – technology takes a quantum leap

The most common use of unmanned air systems (UAS) is observation. To look far, day and night, and see the details that are needed to “incriminate” a target so that a weapons system can be directed towards it.   The Israeli payload manufacturers are not allowed to boast about all their achievements, but from time […]

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The airport effect – the contributing factors

Airports tend to make some people stressed. Some feel annoyed with the security checks, others are simply afraid to fly.   Therefore incidents in airports are not a rare thing. And there are of course “contributing” factors.   Earlier this week, we learned about some of the factors that contribute to the tense atmosphere some […]

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