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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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Israeli-made UAS numbers point to bright future

The numbers tell the story and here are only two: almost 50% of the operational flight hours performed by the Israeli air force (IAF) are of unmanned air systems (UAS); the second, also impressive, is that the different UAS made by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) have accumulated more than one million operational flight hours worldwide. […]

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Rafael meets UAS information challenge

More and more unmanned air systems (UAS) of different shapes and sizes are in the air at any given moment and the customers on the ground and in the air want the images from those systems as soon as possible in a streamed, unobstructed way. This requirement was made by the Israeli air force (IAF) […]

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UAS in civil airspace – a long road ahead

The goal is to fully integrate unmanned air systems (UAS) in a country’s airspace, and consider them like their manned cousins. This process is very slow – and  a big headache for UAS manufacturers – but in recent months there have been signs that trust in the involved technology is growing, albeit slowly. Earlier this […]

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UAS effective against ‘short-lived’ targets

This is this kind of story the details of which are guesswork. But even if it is only partially true, it speaks of the meeting point between unmanned air systems (UAS) and terrorists. The story: an Israeli air force armed UAS reportedly struck an Islamic Jihad rocket launching squad on 9 August in the Sinai […]

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