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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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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 agreement on Syrian chemical weapons and the IAF

The outcome of the “Red Line” drawn by the USA in the Syrian chemical weapons issue will have many consequences. One will be an effort to increase Israeli air power to a magnitude that has never yet been reached. Officially, Israel continues to keep a very low profile about the agreement, which was actually dictated […]

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Russian radar prompts ballistic missile warning over Israeli routine test

One of the reasons why Russia continues to support the Syrian government is the strategic need to keep a forward base in the Middle East. Moscow has withdrawn some personnel from the Russian naval base in Tartus, on Syria’s west coast, but it still has a massive presence in the country. But Russia does not […]

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Israeli air force on high alert as US considers action against Syria

As the US considers the possibility of a military response to the alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria, Israel is on high alert. Some observers say that if the US uses aircraft or cruise missiles to hit Syrian army installations, the regime may retaliate by attacking targets in Israel. On Sunday, Washington indicated that […]

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The Israeli air force and Syrian chemical weapons

Israel has never indicated whether these reports are based on facts. But let’s assume that they are based on solid facts and that in recent years, the Israeli air force (IAF) has been busy destroying potential dangers to the country. According to the foreign press, only some of these pre-emptive strikes came to public knowledge, […]

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