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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Israelis use side route in Indian aerospace market

The penetration of major Israeli aerospacecompanies into the huge Indian market is characterised by a variety of tacticsthat are all aimed at putting a heavy hand on larger chunks of the Indiandefence procurement budgets.   Late last week, the production facility ofNOVA Integrated Systems, a TATA enterprise, began the production of the Israel AerospaceIndustries (IAI) […]

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Lasers networking – the ultimate weapon designation

Lasers played major roles in science fiction movies many years ago. The “death rays” killed the enemy and destroyed assets. For many years scientists, mainly in the US, have been trying to turn this fiction into reality by building operational weapons systems that will use laser beams instead of projectiles. These attempts have not yet […]

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Air cargo – the terror threat is rising

How to prevent the use of air cargo for the performance of terror acts? This is an issue that is the focus of the Israeli general security service. The problem has been intensified by an increase in the number of courier packages flown by dedicated or passenger airlines all over the world and to Israel […]

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The line between UAS and anti-rocket systems

The process is identical. When Israel began operating unmanned air systems (UAS) in the early 80s, many armed forces, especially air forces, looked at these small remotely controlled platforms with hidden or quite open scepticism. Thirty years later, Israel is a leading UAS developer and manufacturer, selling its products to countries around the globe including […]

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