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The ultimate target ‘generator’ for aerial combat platforms

You can run but you can’t hide. This system will find you. Rafael has developed a global orientation system for aerial platforms it claims works in GPS-denied areas and renders maps obsolete. MatchGuide, according to the Israeli company, is one-of-a-kind globally, enabling accurate designation exchange between remote video sources in real time. In addition, the […]

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Litening strikes for USN requirement

Even when you have a bestselling product, there are still markets you really want to win. Rafael’s Litening targeting pod is a bestseller. More than 1,600 systems have been sold to 28 customers around the world – but there is one particular upcoming competition that Rafael wants very much to win. Rafael and its US partner […]

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Israeli air force extends its reach in air-to-air combat

The somewhat popular idea that air-to-air combat is obsolete has not affected Israeli planners working on future weapons systems. While in recent combat, the Israeli air force has been used in very short-range missions – mainly to suppress rocket launches into Israel – the planners do not see this type of combat as the shape […]

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The Israeli defence forces’ new “flying gadgets”

The Israeli defence forces (IDF) have a plan – and Israeli industry is working to action it. Soon, infantry soldiers will have big pouches on their combat vests full of small “individual helpers”. While Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) is developing a number of “butterfly” miniature intelligence gathering systems, other concepts are also being evaluated. IAI’s miniature […]

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Iron Dome – a game changer in action

In recent days I’ve learned how to distinguish between the sounds. Luckily, 90% of the time the sound was that of a successful intercept of an incoming rocket over central Israel. That sound is heard by Israelis in many other parts of the country being targeted by the Hamas terror organisation. Since the beginning of […]

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The harmony between sensors and weapon systems

“Harmony in combat”. This may sound like the ultimate contradiction, but when it comes to modern war tools, it is not. Rafael has unveiled the joint operational capability of its Litening targeting pod with the company’s Spice smart bomb. Last year the company confirmed it is in the advanced stages of developing the fifth-generation of […]

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Avoiding communications chaos

The requirement for achieving the necessary communication capabilities between combat aircraft and ground forces is the perfect recipe for total chaos. The military wants voice, data, images and more transmitted in real time and at excellent quality. The pilots and ground forces will not settle for less. To avoid communications chaos, there is a need […]

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The “Death Ray” is back in the ring…

The first round of this fight ended with a knockout from the “traditional” anti-rocket interceptor – but the lights in the ring were not turned off. When rockets were launched into Israel from Lebanon in the 1980s it became obvious that a defence system was needed – and fast. The first initiative was based on […]

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The Litening will keep striking

Targeting pods are now almost a baseline system on combat aircraft. Air forces have realised that such a system is a key tool to accomplish missions as planned – and with the twist of real-time changing operational requirements. When Rafael in Israel first came out with its Litening targeting pod, customers were slow to react. […]

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Will the boosters boost Spyder sales?

The user has not been identified, but the Israeli-developed surface-to-air Spyder air defence system – based on two air-to-air missiles – has won the “combat proven” sticker. With the fast proliferation of unmanned air systems (UAS) – some of them armed with warheads or missiles – armies need mobile, fast-deploying defence systems. Israeli missile manufacturer […]

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