Multi mission multi platform missile

If there is still anyone that does not accept the fact that aerial platforms have lost their importance compared with the systems that are on that platforms, he should visit Rafael, the Israeli company that developed some of the best air-air missiles on the market today. Rafael said recently that it is developing a very advanced “Multi mission, […]

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A big leap for unmanned systems

The Israeli aerospace industry and air force are revealing only small parts of the efforts they invest in future unmanned air systems (UAS). It is not easy to see the effects of future deployment of new UAS in the IAF’s fleet of combat aircraft. But even with that heavy curtain on the efforts, it is clear […]

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MRO Middle East covered in real time

I’ve been in Twitter overdrive at the MRO Middle East conference and exhibition in Dubai. Read my tweets from the sessions (flighteditor) at #mrome or on our MRO Middle East landing page, where you can also find the latest announcements and analysis of the market and video featuring some of the personalities making the news.

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Israeli airpower in the wake of the changes in Egypt

The latest developments in Egypt will affect future procurement programmes of the Israeli airforce. This is the assessment of Israeli observers. The sudden uprising against president Mubarak is a potential threat to the “cold peace” between Israel and Egypt that was formed in 1979. Since then, in spite of sometimes chilly relations, the Israel defence force (IDF) […]

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MTCR redefined in a UAV world

The change in acronym is one very good indication to the fast changing world of aerial weapon system. The Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) should be changed to something like “The long range platform technology control regime” or LRPTCR. The acronym is not important. What is important is the adaption of the reality to many […]

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Targo targo helmet in rocket racing

  Israeli cutting edge technology is helping the American rocket racing league. According to the league’s website,  Rocket Racing is the equivalent of Formula One racing in the sky, using rocket-powered aircraft flown by Top Gun pilots and astronauts. The league is using the Elbit systems Targo advanced pilot helmet to allow the pilots of […]

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AIR WAR -Israeli CAA VS IATA

The open war between Giovanni Bisignani, IATA’s director general, and Giora Rom, director general of the Israeli civil aviation authority (CAA), has reached a new peak. The outcome: the relations between the two bodies are non-existent and the Israeli side is not ready to lower the flames. Rom repeats his criticism on Bisignani and he […]

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dogfight over Israel

Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi and Barack Obama may soon be engaged in a “dog fight” over Israel. The competition aimed at selecting a new advanced trainer for the Israeli air force (IAF) already has inputs that are not directly connected to the quality and capabilities of the two potential aircraft. The request for information (RFI) for […]

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Low cost terminal ?

A problem of definition. Can a charter or scheduled airline perform part of their flights as low cost and enjoy the benefits? The Israeli airport authority thinks that the answer is negative and this may end in the Supreme Court. Arkia ,the Israeli airline, is expanding its low cost operations and plans such flights to […]

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IAF’s SAMSON

 The favourite name for the Israeli airforce’s (IAF) Lockheed Martin C-130 J is “Samson”. That is according to a poll between airforce staff and other aviation related persons. The IAF dubs all its aircraft with Hebrew names. The Currently operated C-130 E/Hs are dubbed “Karnaf” (rhinoceros). If the “Samson” becomes official, the C-130 Hercules is about […]

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