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Russia’s ‘present’ for Iran

If and when Israel decides that nothing will stop Iran from making a nuclear bomb, the steps that may be taken will be complicated – especially after Tehran got a “present” from Russia. The present was given as reports coming from Tehran about the so-called agreement with the USA and EU do not have anything […]

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The Russian S-300 missile system in Iranian hands: a “game changer”

The Russian-made S-300 surface-to-air weapon system has been a focus of tension between Israel and Russia for the past few years.  Israel believes it would be a “game changer” if fell into the hands of two countries – Syria and Iran. A few years ago,  Moscow planned to supply the S-300 to Syria, but financial […]

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Covering airspaces in eastern Europe – the gap has to be closed, and fast

The airspaces of some countries in eastern Europe are getting more attention now, as the Russia-Ukraine crisis reaches a new peak. The Russian troop buildup on the Ukrainian border represents an increased threat of invasion by President Vladimir Putin’s army, US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said on Wednesday. US and NATO officials say there are […]

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Geopolitical change and the impact on the arms trade

The global arms trade is subject to political change – and that sometimes puts Israeli defence companies in problematic positions. A little history: years ago, when the Shah ruled Iran, the country was a major customer. Then the Ayatollahs took over, and the market was eliminated overnight. South Africa was also once a major buyer […]

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The changing skies of the Middle East

The skies of the Middle East are changing very fast. The latest change is the deal that Egypt signed with Russia earlier this week to purchase military hardware worth about $2 billion. The deal became possible after Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates offered financial help to Egypt, which was almost bankrupt. Discussions with the Russians to […]

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Israeli test launches will continue as planned, despite Russian anger

After Russian president Vladimir Putin proved he calls the shots in an international crisis like the one in Syria, the fact that the Israeli and American military attachés were summoned to the Russian defence ministry last week to hear a Russian protest seemed almost “normal”. The two attaches were asked in an unprecedented way to […]

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Russian radar prompts ballistic missile warning over Israeli routine test

One of the reasons why Russia continues to support the Syrian government is the strategic need to keep a forward base in the Middle East. Moscow has withdrawn some personnel from the Russian naval base in Tartus, on Syria’s west coast, but it still has a massive presence in the country. But Russia does not […]

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Four countries and the missing piece in the puzzle

Some Israelis smiled two days ago when Israeli television reported that Russian unmanned air systems (UAS) were flying over Syria supporting the regime with real time intelligence about rebels units. Asked what made them smile, they smiled even wider, but did not answer. I can only guess, of course, but this puzzle is very interesting.  […]

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Tensions high between Russia and Israel over S-300 missiles

Will Israel try to stop a shipment of Russian-made S-300 anti-aircraft missiles to Syria by using military force?   It is possible, judging by the exchange of words between Moscow and Jerusalem in recent days. Russia will supply the S-300s to Syria, despite all Israeli requests to cancel the deal. In response, Israel has indicated […]

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Making UAS more survivable

Two factors – the growing use of unmanned air systems (UAS) and the increased efficiency of the sensors designed to detect and shoot them down – are forcing manufacturers to make them more survivable.Defensive systems that have until recently been used to protect manned air platforms are found on more and more UAS these days.For […]

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