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US- and Israeli-made weapon systems compete in India

The Indian market for advanced weapons systems is huge, and in the last 10 years the USA and Israel have been competing frequently for big chunks of it. Politics has played a major role in the competition, and therefore every change in the Indian political atmosphere is meaningful for US and Israeli defence companies. There […]

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Coming soon: the Islamic State air force, courtesy of the USA

If in the near future the Islamic State terror organisation deploys some air power on top of assault rifles, machine guns and big knives, the aircraft will carry stickers saying “courtesy of the USA”. Sounds crazy? Not when Washington does not begin to understand what really goes on in the Middle East. Israeli sources say […]

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Israeli ministries clash over defence exports

A country’s unified foreign policy exists only in the textbooks of first-year international relations students. In this complex world, which has become even more complex with the recent geopolitical shifts mainly in eastern Europe, every ministry has its own interests and policy. That has recently become apparent in Israel, where the foreign ministry has managed […]

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Azerbaijan and Israel – the honeymoon continues

The continued “honeymoon” between Israel and Azerbaijan reached a new peak this week, when the Israeli defence minister visited the eastern European nation to officially open a display of Israeli-made weapon systems offered to the country. One look at the world map explains the close relations between the two countries. Fifteen Israeli defence companies are […]

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Aircraft seized by the Islamic State may be used for suicide attacks

At this stage the aerial platforms seized by Islamic State militants in Syria are not posing any threat to Israel. According to a report on the Independent website, in recent days the Islamic State added Syrian fighter jets to its growing inventory, after capturing an air base where they killed at least 200 prisoners. At least three […]

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Allies to a point – the Israeli defence export dilemma

The USA is considered to be Israel’s main ally, yet again and again, it is causing Israeli industry to lose huge defence projects in third countries. The Israeli government accepts this because the USA provides it with billions of dollars in defence aid every year, but US action has now prompted a further debate in […]

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Joint anti-terrorism exercise part of a much-needed effort

Israel, the USA and Canada are to hold their first joint exercise to increase co-operation in preventing acts of terrorism against commercial aircraft. The exercise, planned for this summer, was made possible after the three countries signed a strategic memorandum of understanding and aims to enable them to better respond to terrorist incidents. Details are […]

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Very real threats and (another) night ghost attack

A dark night in the Syria-Lebanon border zone. Big flashes of fire, then silence again. Sounds of jet engines can be heard from the distance. A few minutes pass and then silence is restored. Another ghost attack in this area, and another set of speculations that Israel will not comment on. According to the foreign […]

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Could UAS replace human pilots? Debate heats up

The moment of truth is approaching at the cruising speed of an unmanned air system (UAS). Is this the end of the manned military aviation? Will we see unmanned vehicles replacing combat aircraft? The debate is between industry people and those who have spent hours in the cockpits of fixed-wing aircraft and rotorcraft. It featured […]

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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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