Tag Archives | Israeli defence forces (IDF)

Where do new aircraft figure in Israeli defence budget?

Is it pressure on the government or a real, severe cut in the capabilities of the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF), including the airforce, to adapt it to the changing reality in the Middle East? This was the big question raised yesterday after general details of the defence programme were released. The IDF released the principles […]

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The co-existence of aircraft, rockets and UAS

A new set of operational procedures will help the Israeli air force (IAF) to co-exist on the battlefield with the Israeli defense forces’ (IDF) artillery corps.The new procedures allow the artillery corps to use its systems, guns and rockets in conjunction with the IAF’s fixed-wing aircraft, helicopters and unmanned air systems (UAS).According to the IAF […]

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Chemical weapons in Syria: Israel on high alert

The civil war in Syria has brought Israel to a high state of alert in recent days, as the Israeli government becomes increasingly concerned that Syrian president Bashar al-Assad could lose control of his country’s stockpile of chemical weapons. The Israeli defence minister has cut short a visit abroad, and a number of urgent cabinet meetings […]

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Operation “Pillar of Defence” a milestone in UAS combat participation

In the history of combat involving massive use of unmanned air systems (UAS), Israel’s Operation Pillar of Defence in Gaza last week is without doubt a milestone, not only for Israel but for any other UAS user.Details of the extensive use of UAVs over Gaza are classified, but Israeli sources told Flight International that in […]

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The micro- and mini-UAS “boom”

In the early days of Israel (only 64 years ago) oranges made up the bulk of the country’s exports, then it was polished diamonds, then came the hi-tech products. Now the next export “boom” is likely to be micro- and mini-unmanned air systems (UAS).In spite of the fact that many countries have been developing UAS, […]

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More F-35s = less tanks and APCs – the IDF’s dilemma

This classic either-or situation will have to be answered soon: another 20 Lockheed Martin F-35′s for the Israeli air force (IAF), or the termination of the Merkava-4 main battle tank and Namer heavy armored personnel carrier.The general staff of the Israeli defence forces (IDF) will have to make this decision while tension about a possible […]

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Another step to further shorten the sensor-to-shooter time

The operational needs dictate changes. The Israeli Air Force (IAF) has positioned a senior officer in the headquarters of the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) army division that is in charge of suppressing any attack from the Gaza Strip against cities and towns in southern Israel.   The permanent presence of the senior IAF officer “dramatically” […]

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Israeli ground forces want more dedicated UASs

The ground units of the Israeli defence forces (IDF) are expanding the use of unmanned air systems (UAS) for their operations. They are being equipped with battalion- and brigade-level UASs for over-the-hill or over-the-mountain intelligence. But recently the IDF’s artillery corps revealed that it uses bigger UASs, the Elbit System Hermes 450, for its operations. […]

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The line becomes blurred for mini-UAS in Israeli defence forces

The line between operators of mini-unmanned air systems (UAS) in the Israeli defence forces (IDF) has become blurred as the air force has decided to increase the “in-house” use of UAS.Until recently, the line was clear. Ground forces operate the mini-UAS and the Israeli air force (IAF) the larger, tactical and strategic versions.In 2009, Elbit’s […]

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Israeli Air Force plans at heart of changing landscape

Work on the next acquisition plan for the Israeli Defence Force (IDF)  will start next week, with one of the main issues being the structure of the Israeli Air Force (IAF) during the next 10 to 15 years.As procurement plans have a long maturity time, the IDF general staff will have to make some important […]

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