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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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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