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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The Israeli Air Force 707 tankers – old but capable

They are being treated with great respect, they accumulate fewer flight hours than other aircraft in the Israeli Air Force’s (IAF’s) inventory, and they are being prepared for the “real thing”.   The IAF is operating a fleet of old Boeing 707 aerial tankers. They will guarantee that the IAF will be able to operate […]

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Leasing a squadron: new ideas grow in the ground of reality

Necessity is the mother of invention. This is very true, but in recent years, this phrase has gained a wider meaning when it comes to the needs of the Israeli air force.It is a known fact that for years the air force always received more resources than the navy or the ground forces.But even with […]

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Big contracts, unnamed clients – a changing world

“The enemy of my enemy is my friend”. This simple sentence is behind some of the recent arms deals made by Israeli defence and aerospace industries.You only have to look at a world map and identify the neighbours of some of Israel’s worst and most dangerous enemies to have a possible indication of the clients. […]

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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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