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Not an upgrade – rebirth

Upgrading military aircraft – fixed wing and rotary – is a common operation performed all over the world. You take an old platform, reinforce the fuselage and wings, install some new systems and it can fly for many more years. But what Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) is currently doing with its old Kfir fighter aircraft […]

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Israeli-made UAS numbers point to bright future

The numbers tell the story and here are only two: almost 50% of the operational flight hours performed by the Israeli air force (IAF) are of unmanned air systems (UAS); the second, also impressive, is that the different UAS made by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) have accumulated more than one million operational flight hours worldwide. […]

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Boeing fee dispute with Bedek Aviation Group finally settled

This was a long war and last week a “peace agreement” finally ended it. The peace negotiations were slow but by the standards of never ending peace talks in the Middle East, that was quite an achievement. The “Boeing fee” dispute between the aircraft manufacturer and the Bedek group of Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has […]

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Brazil – a big, elusive market with potential for Israel

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) is moving ahead with its plan to increase the company’s presence in the Brazilian market. IAI’s current presence is generating interest in the local aerospace industry. In recent weeks Embraer initiated a preliminary evaluation of a co-operation programme with IAI. An industry source confirmed that such an evaluation “is on the table”, […]

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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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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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Focusing on UAS payloads, not airframes

The focus of industry efforts has turned towards improving the payloads carried by unmanned air systems (UAS), rather than the platforms themselves. The reason is simple – a UAS in most cases is actually a “truck” that has to take payloads to where they are needed to support operations, and get them back in one […]

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AACMI system offers solution to common training problem

What until recently was on the operational agenda of mostly western airforces is now a requirement of airforces that thought they could do without it. Training with modern fighter aircraft has become very expensive and many defence budgets are still shrinking. An efficient training mission is only possible when all the data is recorded and can […]

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Competition hotting up for share of Brazilian market

In the relatively long history of the Israeli defence and aerospace industries, there has always been one leading export market considered as having the highest potential. It was South Africa; Iran, during the days of the Shah; and then Turkey. In recent years, India has been the one with proven performance. But all the signs […]

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Israeli UAS industry at crucial junction

Technology is not enough to survive. Israeli unmanned air systems (UAS) manufacturers are at a critical junction.While they have technology that results in very advanced capabilities, most of them may lack the necessary mass to be able to continue and compete in the world market.While the consolidation of aerospace and defence industries was stopped at […]

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