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MTCR is in urgent need of an update

Israel has not signed the missile technology control regime (MTCR) agreement but it complies with it. But this limits the export potential of some Israeli-developed unmanned air systems (UAS). Israel will not say it officially but, like other countries, it thinks the MTCR is outdated in every aspect. But until the MTCR is adapted to the […]

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The next big thing – UAS aerial refuelling

What first seemed a whim of aeronautical engineers is now a very solid trend. Developers of unmanned air systems (UAS) want to extend their endurance dramatically, but that cannot be achieved with fuel saving engines – only with aerial refuelling. It is only natural that Israel – where some of the most advanced UAS are […]

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The Litening keeps striking

The Litening targeting pod answers the needs of every fighter pilot in the world. It is based on the vast experience of the Israeli air force (IAF), and has become a bestseller for the Israeli defence industry, with well over 1,200 systems sold to a great number of air forces Now, the capabilities of the […]

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Evolution becomes revolution

In evolution there is a point where things change that have been obvious for many years. Until that moment evolution is a process running parallel to that it will eventually change.This seems to be a nice theory – especially when the issue is a technological evolution. However, when evolution at one time is actually a […]

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A joint European UAS? National interests come first

Europe is not united – that is a fact. But when it comes to weapon systems, it seems that in some cases moves are made to create an impression of joint development and acquisitions – but the reality is totally different.While in politics differences are clear and no one is trying to disguise them, when […]

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Will IAI’s Heron-TP become NATO’s MALE UAS?

The indications have been there for at least a year – but they were not enough. Now, however – and with great caution – Israeli sources say that the Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) Heron-TP unmanned air system (UAS) may become the medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) choice of many European countries, as part of their common NATO […]

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Heron TP: the crash, the investigation, the time factor

The Israeli air force’s Heron TP (or Eitan) strategic unmanned air system (UAS) crashed on 29 January during a test flight, minutes after taking off from an air force base in central Israel. The investigation into the crash is currently at its initial stage.The test flight was carried out jointly by the air force and […]

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MTCR, unmanned platforms, limitations and market needs

Heavy, long-endurance unmanned air systems (UAS) and manned aircraft that are converted to fly without a human pilot are being cleared for export by the Israeli ministry of defence only if they comply with the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) limitations.   Until a few years ago, this was not a real problem but as […]

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F-35s, delivery dates and filling the gap – the dilemma

Fluctuation is the most stable situation in the Middle East. This is proved again and again along a time axis.   The most recent proof is the talk about a “gap filler” that will enable the Israeli air force (IAF) to keep its full operational capability if the purchased Lockheed Martin F-35s land at an […]

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Manned and unmanned over Israel

It’s a very complicated job and the steps are very small and cautious. The new unmanned air systems (UAS) division of the Israel civil aviation authority (CAA) is beginning to understand how complicated it is to let manned and unmanned platforms to fly in small airspace like the Israeli one. The division has been recently […]

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