Archive | November, 2009

Rafael shows modern ‘dogfight’ concept, Python 5-style

With its infamous Bollywood- and Marcel Marceau-themed publicity stunts, Rafael has earned a reputation for making corporate videos that are high on creativity but low on credibility. So when Rafael’s marketing staff handed me a disc last week in Israel labeled “corporate videos” I privately shuddered. How bad could these be? As I turns out, […]

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Happy Thanksgiving (Jerusalem & London edition)

Holiday snap: The 2,200-year-old Tower of David citadel in Jerusalem.This blog is about to go on holiday in recognition of Thanksgiving, America’s most innovative reason for a national holiday. In hono(u)r of the occasion, allow me to thank the readers, commenters and contributors who have made this blog successful over the past year. I hope […]

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Israel industry tour Day 3: New weapon systems everywhere!

I am not the first Flight International journalist to swing across Israel’s aerospace industry. Stewart Penney, a legend among the legions of former Flight defense journos, toured the Holy Land’s arms makers in 2003, and wrote: “Despite its small size, a population slightly over 6 million and a land area smaller than that of many […]

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Israel industry tour Day 2: A Cobra, a cow and the limits of network centric warfare

September 13 was Capt. Yoni’s first day as formation leader for the 1st Attack Helicopter Sqd of the Israeli Air Force. Wouldn’t you know it, but the alarm siren rang out. So Yoni, who cannot provide his full name, jumped into his AH-1S Cobra cockpit, and flew off to the Hebron area. An IAF F-16 […]

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Israel industry tour Day 1: Remember the Lavi

TEL AVIV — It’s probably unfair to start my Israeli tour diary with the Lavi. It’s a bit like finding a way to shoehorn Darleen Druyun’s name into the beginning of a Boeing tanker article. But there it was as I walked into the factory next door to Ben Gurion International Airport for the Lahav […]

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Road Trip: Dubai to Tel Aviv (via London)

The DEW Line’s next stop is Tel Aviv. Starting Sunday, the next and final leg of my Mid-East tour runs through Israel’s robust aerospace and defense industrial complex. My guide will be the inimitable Arie Egozie, Flight International’s local correspondent. My assignment is to report for a special feature scheduled for publication in late January, […]

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#DXB09: Sheikh rattles Aermacchi, gets rolled by F-22

The DEW Line pal and frequent commenter Airpower stayed on-scene in Dubai long after many of his less-patient mates in the trade press flew off, regretfully including your blogger.Lucky that Airpower stayed. He posted two comments on my blog last night that solves the mystery about what happened at the Ministry of Defense’s surprise 3pm […]

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#DXB09: Display highlights for F-22, F-16 and China’s L-15

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AAI jumps into cargo UAS market with slowed rotor/compound helo

RQ-7 Shadow and Aerosonde-maker AAI Corp. wants to develop a new slowed rotor/compound aircraft as a cargo-carrying unmanned aircraft system, my colleague John Croft reports today. Read the full article here: AAI Grabs technology stake in fledgling Carter The aircraft shown above could be pursued under a 40-year agreement signed between AAI and Carter to […]

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#dxb09: F-22 vs Rafale vs Typhoon, round 1?

The United Arab Emirates not only attracted theLockheed Martin F-22 to the Dubai Air Show, but also staged perhaps the firstmock dogfights between F-22s, Dassault Rafales and Eurofighter Typhoons. In parallel with the air show, the advanced tacticalleadership course at Al Dhafra air base near Abu Dhabi hosted a five-nation fighterexercise, according to the UK […]

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