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UAS power management – the key to endurance

While the final target is the creation of solar-powered unmanned air systems and the interim effort is fuel cells, the reality is a smart way of using off-the-shelf batteries. A new power pack comprised of two separate lithium-ion batteries will allow the Israel Aerospace Industries Panther tiltrotor UAS to stay in the air with a payload for […]

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Bedek focuses on modification work until conversions recover

While the after-effects of the world economic crisis are still obvious in the hangars of the Bedek division of Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), the company is not waiting for them to completely fade. Until the big hangars are once again full with aircraft to be converted to carry cargo, the division decided to go into […]

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Dramatic rise in the use of UAS raises basic questions

The use of unmanned air systems (UAS) in the Israeli airforce (IAF) is at an all-time high. One by one they are actually changing the “landscape” of many airbases. With UAS in such a wide usage and employing a growing variety of systems, issues that once exclusively concerned manned squadrons are now becoming relevant to […]

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Israel Aerospace Industries’ cyber warfare toolbox

This is the new iteration of what is referred to generally as ‘electronic warfare’. Cyber attacks can paralyse infrastructure in such a way that an air force’s capabilities can be diminished dramatically. The fact that every computer, communication system and smartphone can be “touched” by hackers says it all. This is a war of minds, […]

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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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