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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To handle a threat with “MUSIC”

A “hot” piece of intelligence may finally be the trigger that will lead to the installation of countermeasures on Israeli passenger aircraft.The first decision to install countermeasures was made in 2002, but disagreements between ministries slowed the process to a halt.Earlier this week, however, a threat alert generated a number of “precautions” – and a […]

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Hovering air vehicles in, aerostats out

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      A change of generations? A leap forward in technology? The definitions can be different, but one thing is sure – hovering platforms are taking over the missions of aerostats.   Hovering air vehicles (HAV) are becoming more efficient and there is a very clear operational trend to use them instead of good […]

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VTOL UAS – Precision tools of special forces

The latest trend in unmanned air systems (UAS) for special forces is lightweight craft with vertical take-off and landing capabilities.Whatever their mission, special forces want an independent, covert capability to see over hills and inside buildings.Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has been developing a few such systems in recent years. Only two of the new breed […]

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