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Pilots out, fly-away kit in – the unmanned helicopter takes shape

The effort continues at a slow pace, but it looks set to pick up as soon as a serious potential customer is ready to invest the money needed to manufacture a “fly-away kit”. Such a kit will take pilots out of helicopter cockpits and replace them with additional fuel tanks, or payloads, with the possibilities […]

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The growing demand for Israeli ground force UAS

The Israeli air force (IAF) objected, but now it’s a fact – Israeli ground forces will soon have more types of small unmanned air systems (UAS). The operational demand surprised the IAF – it was obvious until then that UAS are and will be exclusively in its “yard”. However, the operational burden on the IAF’s […]

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Unmanned helicopter – an enthusiastic customer needed

The operational need is there and the technologies are at hand – and yet the plan to develop a system that will take the pilot out of helicopters is still moving ahead very slowly. Many companies in the world are making developmental efforts, but none can offer  a commercial solution at this point or any point in […]

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Israel seeks to boost presence in US unmanned market

Stark Aerospace has unveiled its ArrowLite hand-launched, single-operator tactical UAS, as its parent company seeks to bolster its presence in the US market. The ArrowLite, launched this week, provides the tactical operator with a rapidly deployable lightweight aerial intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capability. Weighing 3kg (6.5lb), it can be assembled and hand launched in 60-90s […]

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Collateral damage from an all-out war in the UAS market

Market competition can be a blessing – but when it turns to an all-out war, the blessing is lost and only damage results. That is exactly what is happening in the Israeli unmanned air system (UAS) industry. There is an out-of-control war between Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and Elbit Systems, Israel’s two largest UAS manufacturers. […]

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Autonomous aerial killers are getting deadlier

Unmanned air systems (UAS) have brought about a revolution of the operational structure of airforces. More and more missions are now performed by UAS in airforces around the world. This trend is leading to a growing demand for autonomous weapon systems. What we’re actually talking about here is a UAS armed with a warhead that […]

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The IAI’s Bedek division: a new contract, and hopes for more

The Bedek division, Israel Aerospace Industries’ (IAI) largest civil operation, has recently signed a five-year maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) agreement with Air Canada to fulfill the airline’s heavy maintenance requirements of its Boeing 767 fleet. This contract made many people at the Bedek division smile. At a time when the hangars of the division […]

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An open and unusual statement about proper commercial standards

The international weapons market has from time to time seen bribery scandals in different countries of the world. Israeli manufacturers have occasionally been mentioned through the years in connection with such scandals, but companies outside Israel are far more commonly implicated. Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), the country’s largest and most diversified defence contractor,  has recently […]

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The “Clean Sky” initiative – not only in the air

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) is participating in the  ”Clean Sky” Joint Technology Initiative (JTI). This JTI is one of the EU’s major research projects and the largest in the aviation industry field. It is a direct outcome of the very ambitious goals set by the Advisory Council for Aeronautics Research in Europe (ACARE) as a […]

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Super Heron UAV is a ‘heavy’ upgrade

It looks almost the same, but in fact, it’s a new breed of unmanned air vehicle. Israel Aerospace Industries has unveiled the Super Heron UAV at the Singapore air show. The Super Heron is a more advanced version of the medium-altitude long-endurance Heron UAV. Developed by IAI to meet growing interest from customers, the Super […]

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