Tag Archives | UAS

Israel is the world’s top UAS exporter – can it keep its position?

Unmanned air systems (UAS) have become a very important item on the defence equipment shopping lists of countries around the world. UAS sales have reached an all-time high, according to data from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). Between 2010 and 2014, there were 439 deals for UAS – compared with 322 in the […]

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Robots in the skies work together with others on the ground

It looks like something from a science fiction movie: along the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip, robots in the air and on the ground are performing a growing number of missions. In some cases, they co-operate through an advanced command-and-control system. Unmanned air systems and unmanned ground systems play very active roles in […]

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Turnkey projects unlock opportunities for Israeli UAS manufacturers

The increasing competition in the unmanned air systems market is forcing Israeli manufacturers to offer potential clients “turnkey” projects that include a lot more than the aerial platforms. Competition in the sector is growing particularly stiff  in the mini and medium-sized categories as new manufacturers have entered the market and have in many cases lowered […]

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South Korea buys Israeli-made UAS – and now UAS-detecting radar?

First South Korea decided to purchase Israeli-made unmanned air systems (UAS) – now Seoul is evaluating the purchase of Israeli-made radar systems that can detect small, low-flying UAS operated by North Korea. South Korean Defense Acquisition Program Administration officials recently visited Israel to review these radar systems, and a decision is expected soon. Seoul has […]

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The growing threat of terrorist UAS

Terror organisations will step up their efforts to perform attacks on targets in Israel using a variety of unmanned air systems (UAS). This is the intelligence assessment of the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF). In recent years terror groups used UAS to try and penetrate Israeli airspace. These  basic UAS were shot down by Israeli air […]

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UAVs take over another traditional role

Elbit Systems has developed a new mobile simulator in an effort to meet the functional and operational training requirements of modern artillery forces. The company said in a news release that the simulator is capable of integrating with unmanned forward observers, including its Skylark I-LE unmanned air system (UAS), which is designed for intelligence, surveillance […]

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The time has come for UAS over Jerusalem

The tense situation in Jerusalem in recent months may force the Israeli police to use unmanned air systems (UAS) to monitor the situation especially in the “stitch” areas between the western and eastern parts of the capital. The Israeli police has a very active helicopter unit but attempts to operate UAS have so far been […]

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Israeli air force: combined threats require combined tools

Israeli air force fighter squadrons recently took part in a joint exercise with the force’s Northern Regional Control Unit and its air defence units, operating Patriot surface-to-air missile batteries to practise intercepting hostile aircraft attempting to infiltrate Israeli airspace. The four-day exercise took place at an airfield that simulated northern Israel. The “Flying Dragon” squadron […]

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Israeli ministries clash over defence exports

A country’s unified foreign policy exists only in the textbooks of first-year international relations students. In this complex world, which has become even more complex with the recent geopolitical shifts mainly in eastern Europe, every ministry has its own interests and policy. That has recently become apparent in Israel, where the foreign ministry has managed […]

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The Syrian civil war and the IAF’s ‘zero-time reaction’

The civil war in Syria and the extreme Islamic organisations that control parts of the country pose a big problem for the Israeli air force (IAF). To avoid any attempt by the rebels to use the unclear and fast-changing situation in Syria to their advantage, the IAF is taking measures that can be summed up […]

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