The El Al Boeing 777 landing gear failure – first indications

Preliminary findings from the investigation into the emergency landing of an El Al Boeing 777 last month raise the possibility that the failure of one of the main landing gear was caused by the overhaul of the unit in an MRO centre in Singapore.Yitzhak Raz, chief accident investigator at the Israeli ministry of transport, said […]

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To dominate from the air – is that possible?

This is one dilemma that armed forces around the world have faced since modern warfare has been recorded and investigated.This dilemma can be summed in one simple sentence: can air power achieve a continuous dominance of a defined territory?Israel Aerospace Industries claims that with the right systems, the answer to that question is positive, and […]

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A joint Russian-Israeli effort on nanosatellites

Small initiatives may lead to bigger ones. Israel is a “space power” but compared with Russia it is a very small one.But the technologies developed in Israel, a country that entered the space business late compared with Russia, interest the giant.This, in a way, led to Russian-Israeli co-operation on nanosatellites. An agreement signed in late […]

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Keeping it simple – UAS-based services that are being developed

“The simpler the better” is a slogan used by an Israeli insurance company to promote its business, and it works. Now we will have a chance to see if it works in the unmanned air systems (UAS) market.Themis was formed by UAS experts who served in the Israeli defence forces, and is already supplying services […]

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Broken code – the failure of a state air security initiative

The state of Israel surrendered to an opposition led by pilots organisations that was against the Code Positive system designed to let its security authorities know when an aircraft heading towards Ben Gurion airport was controlled by terrorists.The surrender raises a big question about the power of a country to implement measures that are not […]

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The data organiser – Rafael’s solution in operation

Don’t leave base without it. This sentence will be painted on the walls of any briefing room of a modern air force fighter squadron.The need to handle the ocean of data derived from many sensors has created a line of systems aimed at handling this never-ending stream of data of all sorts.Rafael is the natural […]

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China and Israel defence ties – signs of change?

Is this the beginning of a new era indefence relations between China and Israel? The visit this week of Israeli defenceminister Ehud Barak to China has a meaning but it’s very early to know exactlywhat it is. The defence relations between the twocountries were cut some years ago, after Israel angered the US through twoincidents […]

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General aviation vs real estate – the fight for Herzelia

In Israel, general aviation is the “adopted child” that gets the basic needs but not the love it deserves.General aviation in Israel is based mainly at Herzelia airport. Herzelia operates in limiting conditions as the municipality of Herzlia wants the airport out of its city boundaries. The official claim is that the airport is a […]

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Super targets for super threats – the Israeli effort

As the threat grows, the effort to deal with it grows and so, too, does the means to test whether this effort is successful. The threat is the full current and future range of rockets and ballistic missiles developed by countries such as Iran.The threat will take a frightening twist when Iran has the capability […]

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EL AL trying to compensate itself in the face of harsh reality

The Israeli airline EL AL is operating in “unconventional” conditions and is trying to balance these with new commercial initiatives. The latest one is a plan to form a maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) operation in the fast-growing Chinese market. Knafaim Holdings, which has the major stake in EL AL, is evaluating the establishment of […]

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