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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 Moscow has withdrawn some personnel from the Russian naval base in Tartus, on Syria’s west coast, but it still has a massive presence in the country.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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Adaptations to use old platforms longer

When platforms become very expensive, the market requires methods that will enable them to fly and still serve operational needs.Some air forces operate fighter aircraft that were manufactured in the Soviet Union – and relatively newer ones built in modern-day Russia.Even when diplomatic circumstances create potential for purchasing Western replacements, this is not always possible […]

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Poland fears Russia will take control of its Israeli-made UAVs

Israeli defence exports can sometimes lead to strange situations and, according to the Polish press, such a situation is happening now.The Polish ministry of defence plans to purchase unmanned air systems (UAS) from Israel but is worried that Russia, having also purchased Israeli UAS, will be able to control them. According to Polish newspaper Gazeta, […]

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