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Fly low and survive

Flying low is often the best protection for helicopters on military missions. However, when flying just above the ground the problem is how to avoid all the known and unknown obstacles that can hit you just as hard as gunfire. Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has recently unveiled helicopter safety technology which enables flight in degraded […]

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Iron Dome – a game changer in action

In recent days I’ve learned how to distinguish between the sounds. Luckily, 90% of the time the sound was that of a successful intercept of an incoming rocket over central Israel. That sound is heard by Israelis in many other parts of the country being targeted by the Hamas terror organisation. Since the beginning of […]

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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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Advanced mini UAS remain in demand

Until recently it seemed that Israel Aerospace Industries had almost abandoned the development of miniature unmanned air systems. The big money is in the larger versions such as the Heron and Heron TP, but the indications from the market are that there is demand for the mini UAS and the Israeli company has responded. It […]

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The Panther that will accompany special forces

Special forces experts recently visited Israel and evaluated the potential operational capabilities of a unique unmanned air system (UAS) being offered by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI). A man in civilian clothes came to the IAI main facility, where he witnessed some of the capabilities of a locally-bred Panther. There are no real four-legged panthers in […]

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Designed in Israel, assembled in the US

It can normally be found on stickers on the back of consumer electronics or optical devices: “Designed in the US, assembled in Mexico.” The combinations vary but they have one aim – to tell the customer that the design was completed in an advanced country while the product was assembled in one with cheap labour. […]

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The long-lasting patience of the lone hunter

Loitering munitions are very patient hunters. The weapons look for their prey from the air and then kill it. And earlier this week, developers revealed that one type can hunt for more than 6h. Current interest in Israel Aerospace Industries’ (IAI) loitering munitions (LM) proves that wars fought in the last decade demonstrated the need […]

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Smart weapons on basic platforms are a trendy combination

Budget pressures sometimes create trends. A recent one in some countries is to use a very basic helicopter and give it capabilities that were not in the list that guided its developers. So how do you give a transport helicopter the capability to perform attacks on ground targets as a main or secondary mission? The […]

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Will evolution lead to a revolution for Panther UAS?

Vertical take-off and landing is a brilliant idea but it took long years until the Boeing V-22 Osprey became fully operational. In aviation, there is evolution rather than revolutions. The same process is now taking place with the introduction of a VTOL unmanned air system into service. Israel Aerospace Industries has developed the Panther, an […]

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Speed with advanced radars bring UAS to a new level

The combination of a faster unmanned air system with advanced payloads, particularly SAR/GMTI radars, is seen by Israel Aerospace Industries as the main selling point of the company’s recently unveiled Super Heron UAS. The Super Heron is a larger, faster version of the combat-proven Heron UAS and has a new design, featuring a more streamlined […]

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