Tag Archives | Israeli navy

Speed is critical in maritime patrol – UAS vs manned platforms

Maritime patrol aircraft have gained greater importance in recent years, countering terror threats from the sea, protecting the Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZ) and watching over offshore natural resources. Unmanned air systems look to be the perfect solution. Long hours of “ironing”  huge spans of ocean is a tedious job for pilots and other crew members […]

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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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The Israeli navy – small patrol boats with small unmanned air systems

The Israeli navy is yet to decide what its future vessels will be. Even after that decision is made, budget allocation will be slow. For some reason that remains unclear, the navy is a long way down the queue for budgets. But one thing that is moving ahead is a plan to equip the current […]

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New unmanned tools for maritime combat

The Israeli navy will use more unmanned platforms in its missions. It already operates an unmanned boat and is planning the deployment of small unmanned air systems (UAS) aboard patrol craft.In a rare interview, Col Sassi Hudeda, head of the navy’s weapons systems department, said the effort to develop small vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) […]

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The Israeli navy’s air arm will go small and unmanned

It is always interesting to find out what other “clients” rather than the air force think regarding unmanned platforms. I visited the Israeli navy, which is using the Eurocopter AS-565 Panther (Atalef) helicopters on its Saar-5 missile corvettes.The search for an unmanned substitute for the “Atalef” has been going on for some years, despite the […]

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Close and far air support for the Israeli navy

The operational cooperation between the Israel navy and air force is tightening. New threats in the Mediterranean, and far away, have created the need for daily joint operations.   In long-range operations such as intercepting ships that tried to smuggle weapons to the Gaza Strip, the air force has been very active in detecting the […]

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The Israeli airforce – new martime missions

The problem is huge. The potential solutions are now being studied. What is very clear even at this early stage is the fact that the Israeli airforce (IAF) will have a major role in defending the newly discovered gas reservoirs off the Israeli shore from terrorist attacks. The task of course is one that the […]

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