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Teamwork in the sky: the Israeli challenge

The dedicated electro optical payloads developed in Israel for use on unmanned air systems (UAS) have made these aerial platforms “part of the team”. Each player in that team is a very important complementary source for real time data that is needed to create the “big picture” especially crucial in low intensity wars.    Paradox: in […]

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The Iranian “space programme” – the view from Israel

The Iranian “space programme” dictates the budget Israel has to invest in its anti-ballistic missile defence system. In recent months, the Iranians have increased their spending on the programme and Israel had no choice but to follow with help from the USA. Iran is investing huge sums of money in a space programme but intelligence […]

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The shape of A-A missiles to come: the Israeli angle

Rafael in Israel has developed some very advanced air-air missiles. But if you want to see some future designs, that will be impossible. That is not because of secrecy considerations, but because the effort has been shifted some years ago to other missiles. The need of armed forces to defend themselves on the move has […]

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Airport on an artificial island off the Gaza coast: the plan and the reality

An airport on an artificial island off the coast of Gaza is the latest idea to completely detach the Hamas controlled Palestinian area from Israel. I’m sure that no airline is making preparations to fly to the Gaza strip, but the Israeli politicians proved again that they have a vivid imagination. In recent months the […]

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Robots of war: can they do the job?

This lab is open 24/7 and is conducting very complicated tests that sometimes turn in a matter of hours to real combat. The Middle East has become one of the largest “war laboratories” in the world. Wars fought in the region put to real test many innovative weapon systems like unmanned air systems (UAS) . […]

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Middle East peace process and the Israeli shopping lists

A breakthrough in the current stalemate between Israel and the Palestinian authority may result in new defence grants from the USA to Israel. According to Israeli defense minister Ehud Barak, these extra funds may amount to $20 billion and that has already brought the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) to rearrange their previous shopping, or rather wish, lists […]

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Ben-Gurion airport security checks: the dilemma

Human rights organizations in Israel consider it a great success. They refer to the high court of justice order to the state to explain why the security checks in Ben Gurion airport are not equal to all passengers. But this may be premature, as the situation will not change significantly. For years, human rights organizations […]

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Shoulder launched missiles…the threat , the solution, the politicians

Despite the great and immediate threat, no Israeli passenger aircraft is equipped with countermeasures against shoulder launched missiles. In recent days there has been another attempt to implement government decisions and to change this absurd situation. In November 2002, terrorists tried to bring down the Arkia plane that took off from Mombasa’s airport in Kenya. […]

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Can precise rockets replace the airforce in close range?

It will not be an easy fight but it will end one way or the other. New technologies create pressure for change but some parties are not always happy to make the change. The general staff of the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) is re evaluating the use of precise rocket as a substitute for aircraft. […]

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Targo targo helmet in rocket racing

  Israeli cutting edge technology is helping the American rocket racing league. According to the league’s website,  Rocket Racing is the equivalent of Formula One racing in the sky, using rocket-powered aircraft flown by Top Gun pilots and astronauts. The league is using the Elbit systems Targo advanced pilot helmet to allow the pilots of […]

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