Adding “Spice” to bomb arsenals

Commonality is often a key word in the procurement plans of many airforces.The commanders do not want to have dozens of bomb types in their arsenal but they still need flexibility.The solution – an add-on device that can control many types of munitions according to the mission.One very good example of that trend is the […]

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Platforms for low budegeted UAS , Rumors or real demand ?

When rumours persist, they’re either false or they really do have a solid factual basis. The latest  doing the rounds claim that two Israeli aerospace companies have purchased some Diamond DA-42 aircraft as platforms for special missions platforms. Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and Elbit Systems are not commenting on the rumours but sources say that […]

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Government needs to implement IMI and Rafael merger plan

The Israeli government is the sole shareholder of the country’s biggest aerospace and defence industries. This fact is not reflected in the attitude of the respective ministers to the companies which feel deserted. “We are orphans,” a source in one of the companies said on 14 July.The consolidation process that changed the face of the […]

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Protection against shoulder-launched missiles, mandatory?

How realistic is it that passenger aircraft might be equipped with protection systems against the threat of shoulder-launched missiles?I think that unless regulatory bodies decide these systems are mandatory, they will not be fitted. To mount these systems on an aircraft would mean less passengers in the cabin, which would not please the airlines. Only […]

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Israeli Air Force plans at heart of changing landscape

Work on the next acquisition plan for the Israeli Defence Force (IDF)  will start next week, with one of the main issues being the structure of the Israeli Air Force (IAF) during the next 10 to 15 years.As procurement plans have a long maturity time, the IDF general staff will have to make some important […]

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CMS can solve problem of “Tower of Babylon” in combat

It is a natural question – how do you avoid the “Tower of Babylon” in the combat zone, especially in complex airborne systems? With so many communication channels operating simultaneously in the heat of the battle, how can a soldier or commander take in everything he needs to know? Israel, as a country with special […]

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Missiles’ building blocks enable multi-usage

Air-to-air missiles become surface-to-air and now there are indications that surface-to-air will become air-to-surface and, in the future, surface-to-air may be attached to wings of fighter aircraft. Confused? This transition may look strange at first glance, but to the Israeli missiles manufacturers it seems to be the right development. At first, Rafael revealed an effort […]

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Is it dawn of new era for Turkish and Israeli defence ties?

Israel is making a cautious effort to restore its defence ties with Turkey. This effort, if successful, may revive proposed plans to sell additional Israeli-made defence systems to the Turkish defence forces.Turkey froze all negotiations over buying Israeli-made defence systems after Israel’s navy stopped the “Peace flotilla” that headed for the Gaza strip last year.The […]

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Israel’s aviation security authority – a good idea foiled

 By ARIE EGOZI When politicians are involved in choosing an alternative we should always expect the wrong selection. And often, when a politician makes the right one,  another comes along  and prevents its implementation. This is exactly what happened recently in what seemed to be a revolution concerning the security of the Israeli commercial aviation.The plan […]

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Israeli aviation security abroad – no compromise

 By ARIE EGOZIThere is growing concern in Israel about the refusal of certain countries in Europe and Scandinavia to allow Israeli securitystaff to  perform checks on air passengers heading to Israel.Last week, Denmark told Arkia, the Israeli airline, that it refuses to let Israeli security staff perform independent security checks at Copenhagen airport on the […]

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