Big picture for Israeli air force’s combat pilots

The Israeli air force (IAF) is evaluating a system that will enable the force’s ground control units to relay data from their radar displays directly to the cockpits of fighter aircraft. The IAF is operating some major ground control units that are creating a big picture of all the aircraft flying in a very wide […]

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Israeli spy satellites: the needs, the solutions

No official word about it but it may be considered a solid fact: Israel will expedite its spy satellites programme as a result of the recent developments in Muslim countries in the Middle East. Israel years ago gained its membership in the exclusive club of countries that are capable of manufacturing spy satellites and launching […]

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Israeli unmanned air systems- the future is around the wing

No Israeli manufacturer of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) is revealing what it is doing in the design labs. National security and competition have combined to build a very high, thick wall that is not allowing even a glimpse at what is cooking in these labs. But by analysing the needs of the Israeli defense forces, […]

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Post update – hard kill protection for helicopters

There is nothing more exciting than a 100% success of an operational system in real combat conditions. On 24 February I wrote about the plans to downsize the hard kill protection systems developed in Israel to shield tanks against missiles and rockets to use on helicopters. On 1 March, the Trophy system made by Rafael […]

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Shoulder launched missiles…the threat , the solution, the politicians

Despite the great and immediate threat, no Israeli passenger aircraft is equipped with countermeasures against shoulder launched missiles. In recent days there has been another attempt to implement government decisions and to change this absurd situation. In November 2002, terrorists tried to bring down the Arkia plane that took off from Mombasa’s airport in Kenya. […]

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Hovering platforms for combat

The Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) ground forces command has initiated an R&D programme aimed at developing “hovering platforms” with a payload capability of 80-100 kgs. In an exclusive interview, Brig General Shahar Kadshai, head of the IDF’s technology branch, says that there is an operational need for hovering platforms using electrical motors to serve as […]

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Israel and the Indian domestic aviation market

The potential of the Indian market for the Israeli aerospace and defense industries is huge. There are short term acquisition programmes and long term ones, and Israeli officials are trying to be part of each such competition. Israel has supplied the Indian defense forces with many systems and therefore has a very good status in […]

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Hard kill protection for helicopters: can it be achieved?

Technology moves both ways. Sometimes it moves from air to ground and sometimes from ground to air. The direction is not important. What is important is the urgent operational need that sometimes comes from a very unexpected direction . This is almost a paradox, but one that has caused loss of lives. Helicopters in many […]

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Kinetic kill over the Pacific ocean

The kinetic kill of the US-made target by an Israeli improved Arrow-2 anti ballistic missile on Feb 22 over the Pacific Ocean is another and very important step towards the new capabilities of the Israeli missile defence systems. A target missile was launched from a US Navy ship off the west coast. The Arrow-2 Block 4 […]

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Weight watchers keep the Israeli airforce fit

Weight Watchers are having success in the squadrons of the Israeli air force (IAF). This success is reflected not on the weight of the ground crews and the pilots, but on the weight of the aircraft. Last year, the IAF has begun a “diet programme” for its aircraft to overcome loss of maneuverability and carrying […]

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