Tag Archives | UAS

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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Dramatic rise in the use of UAS raises basic questions

The use of unmanned air systems (UAS) in the Israeli airforce (IAF) is at an all-time high. One by one they are actually changing the “landscape” of many airbases. With UAS in such a wide usage and employing a growing variety of systems, issues that once exclusively concerned manned squadrons are now becoming relevant to […]

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Small companies, small steps, big potential market

The potential market is huge, but it is still very much on paper for hopeful industry people. Israeli unmanned air systems (UAS) manufacturers look to the horizon and see big contracts for UAS in civil applications – but there are many clouds that still block the full view of this promising future. The process is […]

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Air-ground co-operation – putting more flags on more hilltops

The airforce does not put a flag on top of the hill at the end of a battle. Even fighter pilots accept this saying. But the airforce working in combination with ground forces can put flags on top of many hills. Israel has learned the hard way that close co-operation between fighter and helicopter squadrons […]

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Could UAS replace human pilots? Debate heats up

The moment of truth is approaching at the cruising speed of an unmanned air system (UAS). Is this the end of the manned military aviation? Will we see unmanned vehicles replacing combat aircraft? The debate is between industry people and those who have spent hours in the cockpits of fixed-wing aircraft and rotorcraft. It featured […]

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