“The Litening members-only exclusive club”

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The fact that there is a “users club” for the Rafael Litening targeting pod tells a tale. Air forces needed a very advanced targeting pod, and the capabilities in the market were not enough. The development of the Litening was made as in many other cases – in close co-operation with the Israeli air force. […]

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Old platform + modern avionics = new advanced trainer ?

Budget difficulties, especially severe ones, can result in a complete change of thinking. Even things that looked solid and unshakeable can suddenly generate new directions of thought – at least in the heads of some people.This is at this stage it’s just a “murmur”, but this encapsulates the problem that the Israeli defence establishment faces. […]

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Elisra at forefront of technology to locate downed pilots

A personal pilot locator radio is the only lifeline for a pilot forced to bail-out over enemy territory.Therefore, this lifeline must be reliable, easy to use under the harshest conditions and not give away the pilot’s position to the enemy before they can be rescued.The combination of operational experience and advanced technology made the Elisra […]

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The Savile Row of avionics

Sensors and systems determine the main role of the platform. While there is no big difference  between, for example, a utility helicopter and one armed for maritime missions, the content of the cockpit dashboard and systems bays are the key factors.Israeli aerospace and defence companies realised this some years ago, and are now offering versions […]

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The Israeli space industry needs a boost

This is the perfect paradox: Israel develops and manufactures spy and communication satellites, launchers and advanced space payloads – but in spite of all this activity, the country has not been successful in making these proven assets a business.And there is another problem – the lifespan of the Israeli satellites is much longer than anticipated, […]

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SatComs, time delay and the fixing trick

SatCom systems are everywhere. They are used to enable unlimited communication between fighting platforms and commanders or, in many cases, the “decision makers” that pull the trigger. But SatComs have a shortcoming. The signal, which for instance goes from a payload carried by an unmanned air system (UAS) via the satellite to the operator of […]

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Enhanced market for enhanced visibility system

This is a very good example of using military technology for civil applications. It proves that such adaptations can meet a big market and, in this particular one, it is going to be even bigger. Elbit Systems of America, a wholly owned subsidiary of Elbit Systems from Israel, recently delivered its 1,000th Enhanced Vision System […]

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Payload manufacturers want to ride the UAS tide

This is a trend shared by all Israeli aerospace and defence industries… Take a full-size payload, originally developed for a full-size aircraft, and make it suitable for installation in or on the smaller fuselage of unmanned air systems.The appetite of UAS users has become enormous. “We like the unmanned system but please put as many […]

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ATOL for unmanned air systems – the evolution

Evolution. When the flight engineer was kicked out of airliner cockpits, some saw it as a dangerous move. But then came the two-engine long haulers, and the reaction was similar. Now evolution is being seen in the unmanned air systems (UAS) world. The external pilot, the guy who controlled takeoff and landing, is no longer […]

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Israeli-made UAS a “gap filler” for Russia

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Russia’s big appetite for unmanned air systems (UAS) continues. The nation now plans to buy and assemble Israeli-made UAS and use them as a “gap filler” until they are capable of developing their own.This may seem strange, but Russia – as a superpower – has totally neglected UAS capabilities. During the war with Georgia in […]

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