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Flying toys, real UAS and a lot of imagination

It’s either-or. Either the Iranian defence establishment thinks the world is stupid, or the world is actually stupid. You can’t fool everyone all the time. I choose the first option. To try and convince the world you are mastering technologies when you aren’t is stupidity, pure stupidity. Every few weeks the Iranians organise ceremonies in […]

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Geopolitical change and the impact on the arms trade

The global arms trade is subject to political change – and that sometimes puts Israeli defence companies in problematic positions. A little history: years ago, when the Shah ruled Iran, the country was a major customer. Then the Ayatollahs took over, and the market was eliminated overnight. South Africa was also once a major buyer […]

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Taking an arms ship – this time the IAF was behind the scenes

Yesterday we learned that the commando unit of the Israeli navy recently took control of a cargo ship that was on its way to supply Hamas in Gaza with heavy rockets courtesy of Iran. Two organisations were behind the scenes of this operation. The first was the Israeli intelligence service and the second the Israeli airforce […]

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Iranian ‘smiles campaign’ could lead to a new arms race

The planned meeting later today between US President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will not change the fact. The “smiles campaign” initiated by Iran will start a new arms race in the Middle East. This became clear to Israel and Gulf states such as Saudi Arabia immediately after Obama’s telephone call with Iranian […]

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Iran’s nuclear programme and Israel’s options

Israel has invested a huge – and I mean very, very huge – sum of money in preparing itself for the minute the cabinet will decide that nothing that else will stop the Iranian military nuclear programme, and that only force – brutal force – will do it.Much of that sum went to the Israeli […]

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A shadow long-range attack in the desert

Imagination, or fact? The international media was busy yesterday explaining how, according to the Sudanese government, Israel had destroyed a weapons factory near the capital Khartoum on Tuesday.   The Sudanese government claimed that four Israeli fighters had attacked the factory, which was completely destroyed. Sudan has blamed Israel for such attacks in the past. […]

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The tools to detect, identify and destroy hostile UAS are needed now

The Israeli air force (IAF) has been taking steps to deal with unmanned air systems (UAS) used by hostile forces, since Hezbollah in Lebanon launched two of them into Israel in 2004 and 2006.However, the incursion of an Iranian-made UAS launched from Lebanon on October 6 tipped the scale in one very decisive blow.The UAS […]

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Science Fi(action) in the desert?

This blog is based on very few facts and a lot of imagination – but always remember that in some cases reality is even wilder that the wildest imagination.In recent weeks, Sudanese media reports have claimed that the Israeli air force attacked two weapon convoys traveling in Sudan on their way to the Gaza Strip.
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American made F-16s to Iran (via Iraq)

The Middle East is changing, and many Israelis in the defence establishment claim with growing rigour that Washington does not understand what is going on.One recent example is the proposed sale of Lockheed Martin F-16s to the Iraqi air force – the White House is about to approve the sale of a second batch of […]

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The Israeli “Depth Command” – new roles for the IAF?

“Depth command”, “deep penetration command” or “unified special op command”. No matter the translation from Hebrew, the fact is Israeli Defence Forces has established a new command, headed by a general, to co-ordinate what is defined loosely as “long-range operations”.The new command was in planning for a long time but sources say now is the […]

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