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Arrow 3 aborted test just a bump in the road

The developmental Israel Aerospace Industries/Boeing Arrow 3 ballistic missile interceptor is designed to shoot down ballistic missiles with unconventional warheads. To achieve a decisive neutralisation of such a deadly warhead, the interceptor is designed to actually hit the incoming missile. This operational requirement complicates the development process. An intercept launch test of an Arrow 3 was […]

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A successful test of the naval “Iron Dome”

It can be dubbed the “Iron Dome” of the navy, or referred to as “the most versatile maritime defence system”. It could also be defined as a breakthrough in defence systems capable of destroying the widest variety of aerial threats. Most of its capabilities are classified, but there is no doubt that the Barak-8 missile […]

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The robotic revolution on airport aprons has begun

Last week, another milestone was reached in implementing high-end technology on the aprons of airports. From the outside it may look like a return to the airport tractor, if more advanced and painted in a nice scheme. But the fact is TaxiBot is totally new technology. It is no exaggeration to say that it marks […]

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Innovation in aviation continues apace

Technological innovation in commercial aviation has progressed in leaps and bounds in recent decades – reducing cockpit crews from three to two and cutting the number of engines on airliners for long-haul flights from four to two to name only a couple. Another development is on the tarmac. Israel Aerospace Industries and TLD Group have […]

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Questions linger over what went wrong in Arrow 2 interceptor test

No official statement has been released on the results of the Arrow 2 test in Israel last week, but all signs point to at least a partial failure. While the specific problems that affected interception of the target are still unclear, what is clear is that this operational weapons system is being upgraded as threats […]

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The aircraft upgrade market shows signs of recovery

When countries look at the threats they face alongside their budgets and the price of new fighter aircraft, the approach that has often emerged recently is to upgrade. Installing advanced new systems on old airframes with old engines seems sufficient to address many requirements. After some years of relative weakness, the upgrades market looks set […]

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The Israeli defence forces’ new “flying gadgets”

The Israeli defence forces (IDF) have a plan – and Israeli industry is working to action it. Soon, infantry soldiers will have big pouches on their combat vests full of small “individual helpers”. While Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) is developing a number of “butterfly” miniature intelligence gathering systems, other concepts are also being evaluated. IAI’s miniature […]

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IAI changes tack to improve financial results

Israel Aerospace Industries’ (IAI) second-quarter financial results did not surprise anyone. While sales were up by 5%, from $896 million in the second quarter of 2013 to $939 million in the same period this year, the other parameters were not impressive. Net income was $12 million, compared to $18 million in the corresponding quarter of […]

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Barak 8 air defence system competing in eastern Europe

Recent developments in eastern Europe – mainly the ongoing conflict involving Russia and Ukraine – has moved air defence to top priority for some countries in the region. All of a sudden, aerial threats seem very real in a region once perceived as relatively stable. This explains the surge in interest in Israel’s Barak 8 air […]

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Payload – a crucial part in a “strategic” aerial system

The process of turning an aerial system from a “tactical” offering into one with “strategic” capabilities is multifaceted. Payload capabilities and endurance are two very important factors – but payload is in many cases at the top of the list. This is true especially with unmanned air systems (UAS). Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) manufactures many […]

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