Middle East skies – the tension is in the air

The skies in the Middle East are changing, in parallel with the dramatic developments in some countries in the region. Changes in Egypt, Syria and Libya, and the fragile stability in Lebanon, have completely changed the situation in the airspaces that neighbour Israel. This has been amplified by the high tension between Israel and Turkey, […]

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Multipurpose aircraft – an aerial tanker but not only

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What do you do when you need something but cannot afford it? This is the dilemma that many air forces face when it comes to aerial refuelling aircraft. The basic price and low utilisation make the acquisition of a dedicated aircraft unattractive. Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has been trying to come up with a solution […]

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Weapons for UAS – adaptation out, development in

Previously there were only indications, subtle ones. Now it is said openly – Rafael, one of Israel’s leading manufacturers of weapons systems, has decided to develop a new line of products fully suited for use on unmanned air systems (UAS). In the past, a very recent past, Rafael has said that it “adapts” some existing […]

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Fuel contamination the ‘soft belly’ of airports

Technical flaw, human error or terror act? Each of these possible causes of jet fuel contamination should turn on a big red warning light in the offices of security chiefs in airports around the world. That is the recommendation of Israeli aviation security experts who investigated fuel contamination that affected the operation of Ben-Gurion international […]

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Seeing the outside world when you can’t see it

Is the way helicopter pilots operate in poor visibility about to change? Tests that are planned in the coming months will determine whether this will happen. A very advanced uncooled IR sensor developed by Elbit Systems for its passive flight system will be test flown before the end of the year. The passive flight system is […]

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‘Simply because there is no alternative’

If there was scepticism about the initiative, it disappeared. The need simply eliminated it. The USA needs it, other fighting armies need it. Active protection on low-flying aircraft is an urgent operational requirement. When Flight exposed a few months ago that Rafael plans to adapt its Trophy active protection system for use on helicopters and […]

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Revealing the fine detail on Jupiter

Israel needs more intelligence satellites, and some are in the design and production process. Unlike in the past, some of the new ones will be in the mini and micro classes. The demand for these visual data collectors orbiting Earth will be greater than ever before. Intelligence about hostile and dangerous countries, such as Iran, […]

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A high-flying ‘Peeping Tom’

When neighbours become angry, frustrated, impatient or even violent, you tend to look over the fence to be ready for any possible outburst. This is exactly what happens now in the Middle East, and that forces Israel to have the capability to see what is going on in its neighbours’ yards, and sometimes in their […]

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Unmanned platforms with exotic sensors

The combination is a winning one. You take an unmanned air platform and put on it a sensor, a very advanced one. The result – a tool for the battle arena that can save many lives. This effort has already produced some very interesting combinations, but Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has only unveiled one so […]

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Israeli ‘Air Force One’ on hold

Israel’s prime minister and president will have to continue travelling on state missions using a “regular” passenger aircraft belonging to one of the Israeli airlines. These chartered flights were about to become history, if a plan to purchase a dedicated VIP aircraft for these official flights had been implemented. The big demonstrations in Israel in […]

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