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Could Israel’s Lavi project be revived?

From the “curiouser and curiouser” files: an update on ECA Program’s pitch to provide an Integrated Opposing Force (IOPFOR) capability to support fighter pilot training for NATO nations. The Amsterdam-based outfit issued a press release while I was away on leave, announcing its overdue selection of a candidate aircraft to deliver the proposed future aggressor […]

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Aero India: Elta shows off G550, Q400 surveillance aircraft [VIDEO]

I’m alas not in Bangalore this week for Aero India 2011. My colleagues in Singapore and London have drawn that task (see our full coverage here). But organizers of the concurrent international seminar have helpfully posted webcasts of all the major presentations. Below is a nice start. If you fast forward to about the 48-minute […]

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Saudia Arabia, Israel and the F-15

The Wall Street Journal reports that the US will sell 82 F-15Es to Saudi Arabia over objections from Israel. According to the article, standoff weapons were the main issue of concern in Jerusalem. Of course, standoff weapons are only necessary if the aircraft is unable to penetrate defended airspace to release weapons directly over the […]

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Israel unveils the scandal-free KC-767 tanker

I write about the KC-X tanker competition, so I naturally think that building a tanker is a complex undertaking requiring at least one decade to sign a contract, and at least two major acquisition scandals followed by a political stalemate and a transatlantic trade war.But it’s refreshing to remember that there are still some parts […]

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Special report: Israel’s aerospace industry

Flight International publishes my special report on Israel’s aerospace industry on Tuesday. Several of the articles have already appeared online. The feature includes profiles of Israel’s three largest aerospace companies – Israel Aerospace Industries, Elbit Systems and Rafael. I’ll add the link to the profile on Elbit Systems after it becomes available.I want to thank […]

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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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Is US scheming to blame for Israel shut-out in India?

A Jerusalem Post article yesterday claims the US government denied Israel Aircraft Industries the chance to offer an Elta Systems radar for the Saab Gripen proposal to India. The claims have already been picked up by the Times of India, which has branded the US actions as “arm-twisting”. The Israeli claims have a familiar ring. […]

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Israel’s Heron UAV makes surprise re-appearance in US colors

So I get an email today from one of my co-workers. It’s a link to a YouTube video with a question: “Is this news for us?” Well, Rob, I think so. US Southern Command has posted an extremely intriguing video of a project in El Salvador involving an Israeli Aircraft Industries Heron unmanned aerial vehicle […]

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