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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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IAF unmanned air systems set for a health check-up

The unmanned air systems (UAS) operated by the Israeli air force (IAF) have been pushed to the limit during the month of fighting dubbed operation “Protective Edge”. From mini-UAS like the Elbit Systems Skylark operated by ground forces, through to the Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) Heron, Elbit Hermes-450 and up to the huge IAI Heron […]

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Israeli air force training foreign UAS operators

The continuously growing operational use of unmanned air systems (UAS) and unmanned air vehicles (UAV) by the Israeli air force (IAF) has brought changes to its UAS School. In June, dozens of UAS operators officially joined the UAS Division and received their UAS Operator pins. The UAS operators from the Hermes 450 Division will be […]

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Search, locate and destroy the rocket launchers – the crucial role of UAS

Unmanned air systems (UAS) operated by the Israeli defense forces (IDF) are playing a major role in the effort to locate and destroy rocket launchers in Gaza. The name of the game in this operation is shorten the sensor to shooter time. When rockets are launched there are only a few seconds to hit the […]

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Different generations of surface-to-air missiles tackle new threats

The multiple layers of the Israeli air defence system yesterday proved one of its capabilities. While the Iron Dome system continues to intercept rockets launched from Gaza, a Patriot surface-to-air missile shot down an unmanned air system (UAS) operated by the Hamas terror organisation. The threat of hostile UAS has increased since the Second Lebanon […]

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UAS play vital role in stopping rocket attacks into Israel

Unmanned air systems operated by the Israeli air force will have a critical role in first suppressing, then eliminating an attack on the country’s populated areas from Lebanon or Gaza, where huge stockpiles of rockets have been accumulated. To be ready for such a scenario,  the air force’s UAS and aerial intelligence squadrons last week […]

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Training for the next phase of unmanned threats

Unarmed, unmanned air systems launched from Lebanon have entered Israeli airspace a few times in recent years – and intelligence shows this will soon pose a greater threat. It also shows terror organisations in that country – but not only that country – have grasped the potential of using UAS to hit targets in Israel, or […]

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The need for early detection of UAS is growing

Growing operational demand has spurred development of radars that can detect unmanned air systems. Israel Aerospace Industries was recently awarded a contract for advanced dual-use civilian and military airspace control and protection radars by an undisclosed customer. The contract is a good indicator of many coutries’ changing operational needs. The air defence radar configuration included […]

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UAS power management – the key to endurance

While the final target is the creation of solar-powered unmanned air systems and the interim effort is fuel cells, the reality is a smart way of using off-the-shelf batteries. A new power pack comprised of two separate lithium-ion batteries will allow the Israel Aerospace Industries Panther tiltrotor UAS to stay in the air with a payload for […]

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