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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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The low-profile capability of “David’s Sling”

When Israeli officials talk about the “David’s Sling” long-range rocket interceptor system, its capability to intercept cruise missiles is somewhat downplayed.The system is being developed by Rafael in co-operation with Raytheon to serve as another layer in Israel’s multi-tiered defence system against rockets and ballistic missiles.In November 2012, Rafael and the Israeli Missile Defence Organisation […]

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Supplying the “Big Voice”

It’s dubbed the “Big Picture” – combining the output of many sensors so a commander gets a relevant picture of the situation being confronted.The demand came first from the Israeli air force (IAF): the pilots and ground operators taking part in a combined air-ground-sea operation have to talk to each other, and at the same […]

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The Litening keeps striking

The development of the next generation of fighter continues, with previous combat experience used in every new feature.What the Israeli air force defined years ago as a basic requirement for every fighter aircraft is now seen as a baseline for every air force.Rafael‫ ‬has confirmed it is in the advanced stages of developing the fifth generation […]

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Air-to-air missiles are still an operational need – a big one

The lull in Israeli air-to-air missile development can be interpreted in two ways – that this weapon is losing its importance in today’s operational conditions in the Middle East, or that the opposite is true. I choose the second option.Only recently Israeli defence company Rafael admitted officially that it is developing an advanced air-to-air missile.Roni […]

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