Train me a pilot – the big business

Simulation for training pilots is becoming more advanced and expensive and countries are looking for ways to use it without major investments. This has encouraged some companies to offer these services based on long experience in developing the hardware and operating it. Based on the growing need, Elbit Systems is expanding its worldwide simulation services .The […]

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MedEvec from the hottest part of the combat zone unsolved

It’s a very crucial problem but for now without any near term solution – how can the Israeli defence forces (IDF) evacuate wounded soldiers from the combat zone under fire, within the “golden hour” that is in many cases the last chance for survival? So far the effort has not been successful. Ideas are evaluated […]

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Israeli aviation infrastructure – urgent need for action

The Israeli government will have to take a break from handling the political situation in the Middle East, and decide soon where to build the complementary international airport of Israel. The current situation is unacceptable. There is no alternate to Ben-Gurion international airport near Tel-Aviv and there are no plans for a second international airport that […]

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Loitering weapon systems – the new versions

Loitering weapon systems are going to be more integrated in the arsenal of the Israeli defence forces (IDF) The importance of these semi or fully autonomous systems grows all the time as they become more sophisticated and versatile. Most of these systems that have been developed in Israel are highly classified.  But the trend is […]

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Virtual airline – real problems

The fact that EL AL does not fly on the Jewish Shabbat has created over the years a “virtual reality” that can be only the result of a twisted political compromise that enables the religious parties in Israel to be part of any coalition. Sundor, the virtual subsidiary of EL AL, was formed to operate […]

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The Israeli airforce – new martime missions

The problem is huge. The potential solutions are now being studied. What is very clear even at this early stage is the fact that the Israeli airforce (IAF) will have a major role in defending the newly discovered gas reservoirs off the Israeli shore from terrorist attacks. The task of course is one that the […]

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The (aviation) chaos theory – Israeli version

The fuel contamination that grounded many international and domestic flights in Israel last week exposed a characteristic of aviation – one single problem can create chaos. It was the ash cloud in Europe last year; it was fuel contamination last week in Israel on a smaller scale. This fact will apparently not be changed, but as […]

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Virtual armour, helicopter style

   To say, it will not be an easy task in an understatement, but they will try because the threat is becoming more imminent. The talk about it at this point is in low profile, as if not to create expectations but something is going on. I can say with a great degree of confidence […]

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The planned Palestinian state – a high altitude problem

The anticipated declaration of a Palestinian sovereign state, in September, is creating some thoughts and worries about aviation issues that will no doubt need a fast solution, if indeed there is one. The two parts of the planned Palestinian state, the west bank and Gaza strip, do not have any operational aviation facilities. The west […]

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Small diameter bombs gain status

Most of the bombs carried by Israeli airforce (IAF) fighters are getting either bigger or smaller. This trend is a result of the variety of missions the IAF is called to perform. After equipping its F-15Is with small diameter bombs (SDB) the IAF is considering their use also on its F-16s. The IAF’s F-15Is that […]

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