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Israeli developed systems for F-35 not in this “restaurant”

By ARIE EGOZI You have in your restaurant the best products for preparing a gourmet dinner‫,‬ but your partner, who is stronger physically and has a larger bank account, forces you to serve a simple dinner that will not satisfy the guests. This is a colourful way of describing the feelings of some Israeli defence and […]

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Adapting them for the new platforms – weapons for UAS

The trend is clear and much defined – armed forces around the world have understood that loitering weapon systems are essential in suppressing threats in a vast area.   These systems are usually being developed under curtains of secrecy, but from time to time the developers are releasing some data.   Recently we had an […]

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“The Litening members-only exclusive club”

The fact that there is a “users club” for the Rafael Litening targeting pod tells a tale. Air forces needed a very advanced targeting pod, and the capabilities in the market were not enough. The development of the Litening was made as in many other cases – in close co-operation with the Israeli air force. […]

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The Israeli space industry needs a boost

This is the perfect paradox: Israel develops and manufactures spy and communication satellites, launchers and advanced space payloads – but in spite of all this activity, the country has not been successful in making these proven assets a business.And there is another problem – the lifespan of the Israeli satellites is much longer than anticipated, […]

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Weapons for UAS – adaptation out, development in

Previously there were only indications, subtle ones. Now it is said openly – Rafael, one of Israel’s leading manufacturers of weapons systems, has decided to develop a new line of products fully suited for use on unmanned air systems (UAS). In the past, a very recent past, Rafael has said that it “adapts” some existing […]

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‘Simply because there is no alternative’

If there was scepticism about the initiative, it disappeared. The need simply eliminated it. The USA needs it, other fighting armies need it. Active protection on low-flying aircraft is an urgent operational requirement. When Flight exposed a few months ago that Rafael plans to adapt its Trophy active protection system for use on helicopters and […]

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Chinook downing may accelerate adoption of new measures

The shooting down of a US Chinook helicopter last Saturday in Afghanistan that killed 38 soldiers – 30 Americans and eight Afghans - will accelerate the efforts to equip helicopters with active systems that can protect them from rockets. This is the assessment of sources in Israel. As reported in Flight, Rafael plans to adapt its […]

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Nano, Micro and Mini satellites in Israel – an operational need?

Nano, micro and mini satellites. The question is not only whether these small space system will become operational tools for military use but for other users too.Israel has been involved in the nano/micro/mini satellite effort for some years, but until now there has been no sign that these very small space marvels are at the […]

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RecceLite at forefront of fight against modern geurrilla warfare

In recent times, wars have featured good military systems, not only weapons, and proved they are essential to the most common type of battle fought these days.In most wars today, armies fight organisations that are inferior in equipment but know the combat terrain.Israel has gained vast experience in fighting guerrilla groups and its defence industries […]

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Adding “Spice” to bomb arsenals

Commonality is often a key word in the procurement plans of many airforces.The commanders do not want to have dozens of bomb types in their arsenal but they still need flexibility.The solution – an add-on device that can control many types of munitions according to the mission.One very good example of that trend is the […]

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