In his Ariel View blog, our man in Tel Aviv, Arie Egozi, says the ease with which anyone can order a micro unmanned air system is causing a different type of problem for the Israeli air force and Israeli manufacturers of such systems. While the air force has to find ways to prevent these UAS from being used by terrorist organisations, Israeli manufacturers of such systems are seeing a large part of their market disappear. Consequently, suppliers of these micro and mini UAS are calling on the nation’s defence ministry to ease export restrictions on these aircraft. In another blog, Egozi reveals that the Israeli air force has asked for a formal proposal for two Lockheed Martin C-130Js – on top of an existing order for four of the type. “Sources here say the contract is in the final stages of processing,” says Egozi.
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