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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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Defence budgets in disguise – a growing trend?

Defence budgets in disguise are the hottest trend in some parts of the world. The idea was born from the pressure to cut defence budgets according to the economic situation.Israel Aerospace Industries’ (IAI) Heron unmanned aerial system (UAS) was recently flown in Greece, as part of a demonstration held by the EU border security agency […]

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Israeli developed systems for F-35 not in this “restaurant”

By ARIE EGOZI You have in your restaurant the best products for preparing a gourmet dinner‫,‬ but your partner, who is stronger physically and has a larger bank account, forces you to serve a simple dinner that will not satisfy the guests. This is a colourful way of describing the feelings of some Israeli defence and […]

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Payload manufacturers want to ride the UAS tide

This is a trend shared by all Israeli aerospace and defence industries… Take a full-size payload, originally developed for a full-size aircraft, and make it suitable for installation in or on the smaller fuselage of unmanned air systems.The appetite of UAS users has become enormous. “We like the unmanned system but please put as many […]

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Platforms for low budegeted UAS , Rumors or real demand ?

When rumours persist, they’re either false or they really do have a solid factual basis. The latest  doing the rounds claim that two Israeli aerospace companies have purchased some Diamond DA-42 aircraft as platforms for special missions platforms. Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and Elbit Systems are not commenting on the rumours but sources say that […]

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