The passive sentry – not just a gap filler

Passive detection systems are gaining popularity in areas where the active ones are easy prey to even a not so advanced aerial force. They are being referred to as “gap fillers” but this definition may not be one that really describes them. The passive detection systems, in many shapes and definitions, are about to get […]

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Boeing and Israel Aerospace Industries – the fee in dispute

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) is making another attempt to settle a dispute with Boeing about the “Boeing fee” charged by the American manufacturer for every aircraft that is converted by the Bedek division of IAI from passenger to cargo configuration. The dispute is not new. The Boeing fee has been charged since 2009 but IAI’s […]

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New tools, new role – the industry tries to redefine

 Can air power achieve a continuous dominance of a defined territory? Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), claims that with the right systems the answer to that question is positive and it also offers the tools. The current doctrine used by the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) is that a ground force has to keep a continuous presence […]

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Russian-Israeli defence ties: the roller coaster

If someone needed additional proof how complicated, unpredictable and fragile are the defence ties between Russia and Israel, he got it last week big time. The arrest and deportation of the Israeli military attaché to Moscow shocked the Israeli defence establishment. Col Vadim Liderman was arrested while having lunch in a Moscow restaurant, interrogated and […]

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More Turkish delight for Israeli defence industry?

It’s an unwritten rule: when you hear a rumour, try to look at the face of the man that whispered it. This may give you a hint about the part of the rumour that is true, if any at all. When I heard this rumour for the first time, I felt that it was substantially […]

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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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