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Israel and Italy boost their aerial co-operation

Co-operation between the air forces of Israel and Italy is getting tighter. A few months ahead of the arrival of the new Aermacchi M-346 advanced trainer in Israel –  and while its  pilots are training on the new aircraft in Italy – Lt Gen Gabriele Salvestroni, the Italian head of materiel directorate, came for a special […]

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Italy and Israel on the road to wider defence systems cooperation

It started as an offset obligation but may well develop into much more than that.   There are indications that in coming years, the cooperation between the Italian and Israeli aerospace industries will increase.   As I mentioned, it started as an offset obligation, but now it looks different.   After the Israeli Air Force […]

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South Korea and Israel – ties warm up after “freeze”

The defence ties between Israel and South Korea have been considered “history” after KAI lost the contract to supply its T-50 advanced trainer to the Israeli air force (IAF).The South Koreans were disappointed and angry at what they called “not a fair game”, that led to the selection of the Aermacchi M-346.However, recently the South […]

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Honeymoon of arms deals between Israel and Italy ?

Could this be the beginning of a “wonderful friendship” in defence relations between Italy and Israel?Italy has not been a major client of the Israeli aerospace and defe‫ nce industries, but that may change‬.After the Israeli air force (IAF) selected the Aermacchi M-346 as its advanced trainer, the second part of the agreement – the […]

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Selecting a main system – not just specs (welcome to reality)

There‫ ‬is no competition aimed at selecting a main defence platform that is not “infected” with political considerations.Israel has avoided these considerations by, until recently, purchasing almost all its main systems from the US, using that country’s Foreign Military Financing (FMF) programme.That easy life ended when the Israeli air force short-listed two finalists to replace […]

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Money, prestige and emotions – Italy against South Korea

The secret war behind the competition aimed at selecting an advanced trainer for the Israeli air force (IAF), reached a new peak last week, when officials of KAI, which manufactures the T-50 competing against the Aermacchi M-346, accused the Israeli ministry of of defence (MoD) of closing a deal before the request for proposals (RFP) […]

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High-flying question marks – the Israeli air force inventory

Will the defence budget problems extend the life of some aircraft in the Israeli air force (IAF) inventory? This question becomes more and more acute, as the budget problems are heavier than ever before.   Two types are in focus – the F-15s and the A-4s. The repeated delays in the delivery dates of the […]

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