Israeli air force trainer slection – “A list of factors”

A request for proposals for the selection of an advanced trainer for the Israeli air force (IAF) will be issued soon. It is expected the final selection will be made early next year.The two competing aircraft – the Korea Aerospace Industries T-50 and the Aermacchi M-346 – have been extensively evaluated by the IAF.Sources say […]

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Israeli airspace – small with big problems

The cynics say that the Israeli air force has a country and not vice versa. This is of course a wild exaggeration – but it is a symptom of a real, disturbing problem that is of concern to all the parties involved in Israeli aviationIsrael is a small country with a huge air force. The […]

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Unmanned systems at the front of homeland security

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The homeland security conference in Israel on September 11 has attracted a lot of attention – not only because it is on a very meaningful date. The attention is not only because of Israel’s need for homeland security, but also for the solutions that have been developed. The conference, organised by the Israeli Technologies Group, […]

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“Safe City” – a safe haven for mini UAS’

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“Safe City”. This new buzz word puts smiles on the faces of small unmanned air system (UAS) manufacturers. While homeland security is still part of the big league, projects dealing with the security and safety of people in their home towns seem to be accessible to almost any UAS manufacturer.In Israel, a world power in […]

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Still a long march for Israel to China

No one in the Israeli aerospace and defence industries is holding his breath. The visit this week of Gen. Chen Bingde, chief of General Staff of China’s People’s Liberation Army, in Israel as a guest of the Israeli defence forces (IDF) is a very small step forward but the defence relations between the two countries […]

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EL AL losses and the built-in problems

It is very convenient for EL AL, the Israeli airline, to blame high fuel prices for its losses in the second quarter, but this is only one reason – the others are “built in”. The strange thing is that no real effort is being made to change the situation. El AL reported a loss of […]

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Close air support or close ground support ?

This pill will not be easy for the Israeli air force (IAF) to swallow. The debate in the Israeli defence forces ‫)‬IDF) general staff is very fierce, but for the first time there is a chance to settle the debate of how to define close air support.The role of the IAF in suppressing rocket and shell […]

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Cyber warfare or smart bombs – is there a dilemma ?

Maj. General (ret) David Ivry has performed many national tasks in Israel over the years, among them commander of the Israeli air force.Ivry said a few days ago that “if a worm can do the job better, use it before you switch to military power”. This very experienced and well-connected figure, who was also director […]

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The built-in impotency of coalition air power – Israeli angle

The coalition air force operating in Libya is a joke. This is not because it lacks the equipment, but because there is no coherent line of command. Israel is watching very closely, and some conclusions have already been made.The use of coalition forces has gained popularity in the last ten years. When wars do not […]

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New international airport – at last a move forward

It has a name, but work is yet to begin. The new international airport near the Israeli resort of Eilat, on the Red Sea, will be named after Ilan Ramon – the Israeli astronaut who died in the Columbia space shuttle disaster in 2003 – and his son Asaf, an Israeli air force F-16 pilot […]

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