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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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Israeli rocket defence technology in US service?

Israeli-US co-operation in the development of rocket and ballistic missile interceptors is moving a step forward. Raytheon will soon begin to manufacture components for the Israel-developed “Iron Dome” rocket interceptor. This will allow Israel to purchase more interceptors using US foreign military funds (FMF), the annual defence grant that Israel gets from Washington. Raytheon is […]

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Jumping for joy after David’s Sling success

Israelis and Americans in a heavily fortified control room in a military range in southern Israel jumped for joy and expressed their feelings very loudly. All this happened yesterday morning, seconds after two metal objects collided in the sky above the desert and filled the air with burning pieces of metal. The radar and the […]

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Rafael meets UAS information challenge

More and more unmanned air systems (UAS) of different shapes and sizes are in the air at any given moment and the customers on the ground and in the air want the images from those systems as soon as possible in a streamed, unobstructed way. This requirement was made by the Israeli air force (IAF) […]

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Stealth era having impact on Israeli industry

The introduction of the Lockheed Martin F-35 into the Israeli air force (IAF) in 2016 or 2017 symbolises a new era with many side effects.   The advanced fighter has created a full wave of changes long before it is delivered to the IAF.   As I reported here, Israeli companies are developing weapon systems […]

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