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The next-generation Israeli air-to-air missile – work continues

The details are highly classified, but without a doubt the next generation of Israeli-developed air-to-air missiles will have “special capabilities”. As reported in Flight International, Rafael has achieved some very important milestones in its development of a next generation air-to-air missile. The company is not revealing details of this highly classified programme, but there are […]

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Key ministers object to buying more F-35s

With the price tag attached to each Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II fighter, debate in the Israeli cabinet is reaching a new peak in an ongoing clash between those who support the acquisition of a large number of the aircraft and those who think it is a major mistake. Israeli newspaper Haaretz on Thursday exposed […]

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Israel and the F-35 programme

Whenever the Israeli aerospace industry gets work related to the Lockheed Martin F-35, it’s a reminder of the stupid way Israel managed its involvement in the programme. Because of basic stupidity, the Israeli ministry of defence did not join the F-35 programme as a full partner – as offered by the USA. After dragging its […]

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The Litening will keep striking

Targeting pods are now almost a baseline system on combat aircraft. Air forces have realised that such a system is a key tool to accomplish missions as planned – and with the twist of real-time changing operational requirements. When Rafael in Israel first came out with its Litening targeting pod, customers were slow to react. […]

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The agreement on Syrian chemical weapons and the IAF

The outcome of the “Red Line” drawn by the USA in the Syrian chemical weapons issue will have many consequences. One will be an effort to increase Israeli air power to a magnitude that has never yet been reached. Officially, Israel continues to keep a very low profile about the agreement, which was actually dictated […]

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Changing nature of wars prompts questions over fighters

Israel has initially expressed its intention to buy 75 Lockheed Martin F-35s. The first and only signed contract is for 20. More and more people in the Israeli defence establishment are beginning to ask questions. They are asking questions because wars have changed, especially in the Middle East. There are no more scenarios of thousands […]

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Stealth era having impact on Israeli industry

The introduction of the Lockheed Martin F-35 into the Israeli air force (IAF) in 2016 or 2017 symbolises a new era with many side effects.   The advanced fighter has created a full wave of changes long before it is delivered to the IAF.   As I reported here, Israeli companies are developing weapon systems […]

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How will Obama re-election affect IAF plans?

How will the re-election of president Obama affect the future procurement plans of the Israeli Air Force (IAF)? This question has been asked in the corridors of the Israeli defence establishment since the result last week. Experience has shown Israel that decisions relevant to defence exports from the US to Israel are moulded in three […]

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IAF reaches crossroads over Apache helicopters

An Antonov An-124 cargo aircraft landed recently at the Israeli Air Force (IAF) Ramon base in southern Israel. The crew, with help from base personnel, unloaded three Boeing AH-64D Apache Longbow helicopters. These left Israel in 2010 as AH-64A Peten and returned as the D model, dubbed Saraf. This shipment of the last upgraded Apache […]

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Another small step to correct a big mistake

Determination is sometimes a partial compensation for stupidity – and this has been proved again with the Israeli F-35.A short reminder – because of basic stupidity, the Israeli ministry of defence did not join the F-35 programme as full partner. After dragging its feet, Israel was accepted with the lowest possible status.This, when for Israel […]

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