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  • Rheinmetall Canada and IAI/ELTA bring MF-STAR radar to the CSC programme

    06/01/2016 2:52:56 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | 01 June 2016
    Rheinmetall Canada and IAI subsidiary ELTA Systems (IAI/ELTA) have joined forces to propose the state-of-the-art, operationally proven MF-STAR radar for the Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC) programme. Like this team’s success in bringing the battle-proven Medium Range Radar (MRR) of ‘Iron Dome’ fame to the Canadian Army, ELM-2248 MF-STAR will provide the RCN with a built-in-Canada, cutting-edge, fully digital, multifunctional Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) naval radar for long-range air and surface surveillance and tracking. The MF-STAR radar is based on the same radar technology as the MRR currently in production at Rheinmetall Canada’s plant in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Québec. Saar 5 class...
  • IAI’s SkySniper – Air Launched Missile for Standoff, Precision Strike

    03/01/2016 2:54:26 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    Defense Update ^ | Feb 29, 2016
    IAI SkySniper is an air-launched, precision attack ballistic missile developed by IAI MLM. Image: IAI IAI is reviving the concept of using ground based ballistic missiles as air-launched weapons enabling precision strike from standoff range. Dubbed ‘SkySniper’, the weapon is configured as an autonomous, air to ground precision strike missile. Powered by a rocket motor the SkySniper strikes its target at supersonic speed. The high velocity impact with multi-purpose blast-fragmentation warhead and three-mode fuse enables effective penetration of hard targets. Tailored to destroy a wide range of targets, the missile can also detonate in airburst or impact action modes to...
  • “Israel has no problem developing a fighter aircraft – the problem is money”

    01/01/2016 7:53:28 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 20 replies
    IsraelDefense ^ | 31/12/2015
    In preparation for 35th anniversary of the authorization of the Lavi aircraft project, we interviewed Maj. Gen. (res.) David Ivry, who accompanied the development of that ill-fated aircraft from the first step. Exclusive In the summer of 1967, at the outset of the Six-Day War, the Government of France imposed an embargo on the supply of arms to Israel, and cancelled a transaction involving the supply of Mirage-5 fighter aircraft that were to be delivered to Israel as of December 1967. This embargo threatened Israel’s ability to defend itself, and the Israel Ministry of Defense consequently decided to assign the...
  • IAI reveals 'groundbreaking' defense against IEDs

    10/22/2014 5:04:36 AM PDT · by SJackson · 7 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 10-22-14
    The new three-tiered detection system is mounted onto the front of armored vehicles and possibly eliminates the greatest threat ground forces have faced in recent years. The IAI (Israel Aerospace Industries) has unveiled the latest defense against the threat facing armored vehicles from Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) and mines—a large rectangular multi-sensor system that is placed on the front of an armored vehicle, which can detect and then destroy hidden explosive devices from long distances. The CIMS (Counter IED and Mine Suite), which was first unveiled in a US Army exhibition last week in Washington, DC, has three main components:...
  • Israel navy has new weapon to counter Hezbollah

    05/12/2014 8:34:38 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies ^ | 05.08.14 | Yoav Zitun
    IAI-developed radar has greater range than its predecessors, can distinguish between enemy and friendly ships, detect multiple targets simultaneously. Israel's navy has a new weapon in the fight against threats from Syria and Hezbollah. Its newly installed "MF-STAR" radar system is designed to counter the Yakhont (S-800) anti-ship missiles used by both. The IDF says that the radar, manufactured by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), has a greater range in comparison to the previous generation of systems, can mark more targets at once, and detect enemy ships hiding among dozens of friendly or non-combatant vessels. The radar, installed on one of...
  • Israel unveils unmanned combat marine system

    02/06/2014 12:35:33 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    IANS ^ | February 5, 2014
    Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) Tuesday unveiled the latest addition to its line of unmanned surface vehicles (USVs) -- a combat marine system named KATANA for homeland security, Xinhua reported. KATANA's features include autonomous navigation and a collision avoidance system, and it is fitted with various payloads including electro-optic and infrared cameras, line-of-sight and none-line-of-sight communication, radar and weapon systems, the state-owned IAI said in a statement. IAI said the craft, developed by its Malam factory, supports a wide range of missions -- protection of exclusive economic zones (EEZ), maritime borders and offshore gas rigs and pipelines, as well as port...
  • Roaring Back (Israel offers Kfir Block-60 fighter)

    09/25/2013 12:58:40 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    Israel Air Force ^ | Sept. 25, 2013
    Roaring Back It is almost 40 years old, but it is perfectly fit and though many years have passed since it started its service in the IAF, the IAI "Kfir" is one of the most surprising exports of the IAI. From outside it looks almost the same, but on the inside, technology from the second decade of the 21st century is installed, making it a fighter that can do anything on the modern battlefield "It was the evening of Israel's Independence Day and high above Ben Gurion Airport a triangular winged fighter plane rolled in and performed maneuvers with grace...
  • IAI selling upgraded Kfir jets for $20m

    08/08/2013 4:46:22 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    Globes, Israel ^ | 6 August 13/ | Yuval Azulai
    IAI selling upgraded Kfir jets for $20m Israel Aerospace Industries promises very short delivery schedules for the renovated jets, which it claims are even better than fourth-generation jets. 6 August 13 17:45, Yuval Azulai Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd. (IAI) (TASE: ARSP.B1) is trying to sell dozens of Kfir fighter jets to foreign air forces, offering a 40-year manufacturer's guarantee. The veteran jets are equipped with new avionics and powerful radars developed by IAI unit Elta Systems, diversified armaments, updated electronic warfare systems, and air-to-air refueling. IAI has told its sales reps to sell the Kfirs to Eastern European countries that...
  • IAI signs largest ever deal (Israeli defense company)

    01/13/2012 4:31:28 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies · 1+ views
    Globes, Israel ^ | 12 January 12 | Yuval Azoulai
    IAI signs largest ever deal Israel Aerospace Industries' $1.6 billion contract with an Asian country includes the Green Pine radar - part of the Arrow anti-ballistic missile system. 12 January 12 21:31, Yuval Azoulai Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd. (IAI) (TASE: ARSP.B1) has signed the second stage of a huge deal with an Asian country, which makes the deal the largest in the company's history - $1.6 billion. IAI notified the TASE on Sunday about the first stage of the deal for the supply of a range of arms system for $1.1 billion to an Asian country. It did not disclose...
  • IAI offers Italy airborne early warning system deal

    10/28/2011 5:54:08 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    Flight International ^ | 10/28/2011 | Arie Egozi
    IAI offers Italy airborne early warning system deal Discussions between the defence ministries of Italy and Israel over the latter's possible future use of the Alenia Aermacchi M-346 trainer have included a suggestion for Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) to supply the NATO nation with four airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) system aircraft. Talks have intensified over recent weeks in a bid to prepare "a full package" before the end of this year, according to sources. The release of a request for proposals (RFP) linked to the selection of an advanced trainer for the Israeli air force was recently delayed...
  • This Week in History: Israel’s fighter jet is cancelled

    09/02/2011 1:38:12 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 09/02/2011 | MICHAEL OMER-MAN
    This Week in History: Israel’s fighter jet is cancelled By MICHAEL OMER-MAN 02/09/2011 Project came along when Israel was suffering from a shaky economy and would have consumed nearly third of country’s military budget. On August 30, 1987, a cabinet resolution passed by only one vote that canceled the first and thus far only attempt at producing an Israeli-made fighter jet, the Lavi. Ordered by the government at the beginning of the 1980s, the Israeli Aircraft Industries (IAI) project was to be a source of technological pride and was expected to make the Israeli Air Force (IAF) more independent, placing...
  • Arrow missile-defense may be installed on new warships

    08/04/2011 8:49:42 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 08/05/2011 | YAAKOV KATZ
    Arrow missile-defense may be installed on new warships By YAAKOV KATZ 08/05/2011 03:11 The General Staff has yet to decide whether it will buy two new surface vessels, estimated to cost over $500 million, is expected to make decision within weeks. The IDF is considering installing Arrow missile-defense systems on new missile ships that it might acquire under the multi-year budget plan currently under review. The General Staff has yet to decide whether it will buy two new surface vessels, estimated to cost over $500 million, and is expected to make a decision in the coming weeks. The navy had...
  • Israel, Germany developing smart missile for Eurofighter

    07/03/2011 7:36:11 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies · 2+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 07/04/2011 | YAAKOV KATZ
    Israel, Germany developing smart missile for Eurofighter By YAAKOV KATZ 04/07/2011 Air-to-ground missile under joint development by Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, Germany’s Diehl. Israel and Germany are jointly developing a smart missile that could be sold together with the Eurofighter currently in service worldwide, including in Saudi Arabia. The air-to-ground missile, called PILUM, is under development by Israel’s Rafael Advanced Defense Systems and Germany’s Diehl, and is based on Rafael’s Spice missile which has the reported ability to hit targets while aircraft are positioned at a standoff range of 100 kilometers away. The twin-engine Eurofighter is currently in use in...
  • IAI, Airbus Military to develop airborne warning systems

    06/23/2011 10:49:00 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 06/22/2011 | YAAKOV KATZ
    IAI, Airbus Military to develop airborne warning systems By YAAKOV KATZ 22/06/2011 Sources say the deal is expected to bring in several hundred million dollars in to Israel Aerospace Industries over the next five years. Israel Aerospace Industries and the Madrid-based Airbus Military signed a joint venture agreement on Tuesday for the development of small and versatile Airborne Early Warning and Control Systems (AEW&C). Sources said that the deal was expected to bring in several hundred million dollars in revenue to IAI over the next five years. IAI already offers customers AEW&Cs on Gulfstream G550 business jets that are in...
  • IAI to unveil naval version of new artillery system (Israel)

    05/16/2011 7:06:58 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    Globes, Israel ^ | 16 May 11 | Yuval Azulai
    IAI to unveil naval version of new artillery system The high-precision missile artillery system has a range of up to 50 kilometers. 16 May 11 15:41, Yuval Azulai Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd. (IAI) (TASE: ARSP.B1) Missile Systems and Space Group Division will unveil the naval version of its Jumper autonomous artillery missile system, which has a range of up to 50 kilometers, at the Singapore International Maritime Defense Exhibition and Conference IMDEX Asia 2011 on Wednesday. The naval platform of the system will enable navies to provide support for land forces. The missiles have GPS/INS and optional laser guidance system...
  • The Lion That Never Roared (CANCELLED: Israel's Arieh Fighter)

    02/20/2011 9:23:28 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    Air & Space, Smithsonian ^ | March 01, 2011 | Gary Rashba
    The Lion That Never Roared CANCELLED: Israel's Arieh Fighter By Gary Rashba Air & Space Magazine, March 01, 2011 Nesher's descendant, Arieh, wasn't built but morphed into what became a prototype, Lavi. It was the Israel Aircraft Industries’ most ambitious project: to design and develop a world-class fighter aircraft from scratch. The Arieh project, as it was known, was a concept design for a warplane on a par with the leading fighters of the day: the McDonnell Douglas F-15 and General Dynamics F-16. Starting in late 1974, a small team of engineers at IAI toiled away on Arieh (“lion” in...
  • IAI, DRDO on Course to Integrate Barak-8 on the First Vessel in 2012

    02/11/2011 8:19:40 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    Defense Update ^ | February 11, 2011 | noam_eshel
    IAI, DRDO on Course to Integrate Barak-8 on the First Vessel in 2012 Test firing of the Barak 8 missile is expected this year. “Testing will be conducted in India and is part of the responsibilities of our strategic partner in this program, India’s Defense Research & Development Organization (DRDO)” IAI officials told Defense-Update. The missile is on schedule to complete development and be integrated on board the first combat vessels by 2012. After being inducted into service, the system will continue development and phased improvement, toward its full operational capability phase. Barak 8 is designed to be fielded on...
  • IAI offers 'power-by-the-hour' use of 767 tankers

    01/21/2011 2:38:37 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    Flight International ^ | 21/01/11 | Arie Egozi
    IAI offers 'power-by-the-hour' use of 767 tankers By Arie Egozi Israel Aerospace Industries has offered some air forces a deal that would enable them to have an aerial refuelling capability on a "power-by-the-hour" basis. The plan is based mostly on the use of converted Boeing 767s to be operated either by a local airline or by Israeli pilots. It has been prepared for nations that cannot afford to buy their own tankers. Negotiations are under way with air forces that have shown an interest in the proposal, says a senior IAI source. In 2008, IAI won a contract to convert...
  • Israel worried over US defence sales to India: Report

    11/18/2010 11:52:11 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 5 replies ^ | 11/19/2010 |
    Israel is concerned over losing its largest defence market to close ally US, which has reached an understanding with India that could result in billions of dollars of American defence sales to New Delhi, a media report has said. "(US President Barack) Obama is embracing the Indian Prime Minister and 40 to 50 billion USDs worth of deals are being wrapped up in one shot," Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) President Itzhak Nissan told Middle East Newsline adding, "We don't have such personalities." Israeli officials said the Defence Ministry and major companies have been closely monitoring the US marketing drive in...
  • India receives first Israeli MR-STAR radar

    10/28/2010 9:11:32 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    Pakistan Observer ^ | October 29, 2010 | Akhtar Jamal
    India receives first Israeli MR-STAR radar Akhtar Jamal Islamabad—Indian Navy is believed to have secretly received from Israel its first multi function surveillance and threat alert radar (MF- STAR) but neither India nor Israeli officials are ready to leak the deal. But on Thursday reports from Israel said that the first delivery of most advanced radar system was made to an undisclosed “foreign customer.” Two weeks ago Pakistan Observer had reported details about an unpublicized visit of Indian Naval Chief Admiral Nirmal Verma to Israel during third week of this month. According to defence observers MF- STAR is an advanced...
  • Ex-Lavi chief calls for new fighter, not $11 billion on F-35

    07/28/2010 1:55:00 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies · 1+ views
    Flight Global ^ | July 27, 2010 | Stephen Trimble
    Ex-Lavi chief calls for new fighter, not $11 billion on F-35 I spent a week touring Israel's aerospace industry last November, which included a sighting of the only known survivor of the Lavi program. One of many things I came away with is a sense that Israel wants to return to the ranks of the world's developers of manned combat aircraft, rather than a niche supplier of systems and UAVs. Ex-Lavi program manager and minister of defense Moshe Arens writes in Haaretz today that Israel would be better off launching a joint development program with Russia and India to build...
  • India to arm its infantry soldiers with loitering missiles

    03/17/2010 11:55:43 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 4 replies · 452+ views ^ | 3/17/2010 |
    The Indian Army is arming its infantry soldiers with a medium range loitering missile that can strike at a target after hovering over it for 30 minutes and sending in critical data on the enemy installation. The army has issued an open Request for Information (RFI) to major global defence companies seeking to know if they can supply a missile system with such operational characteristics. "The RFI has been issued earlier this month. The loitering missile is basically an unmanned aerial vehicle which can transmit data after hovering over a target undetected for about half-an-hour and later self-destruct on the...
  • Israel army introduces new drone

    02/21/2010 5:33:20 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 6 replies · 593+ views
    Yahoo News/AFP ^ | 1/21/2010 | Yahoo News/AFP
    The new drone that can remain airborne for more than 24 hours and reach as far as Iran was added Sunday to the Israeli air force's arsenal, the military said. Described by the army as a "technological breakthrough" the Eitan -- which means strong in Hebrew -- is a Heron-TP type drone with a wingspan of 26 metres (85 feet), similar to that of the Boeing 737. It is 24 metres (79 feet) long, weighs 4.5 tonnes and can remain in the air for more than 24 hours, enabling it to fly as far as Iran, Israel's arch-foe. The drone...
  • Israel Upgrades Its Antimissile Plans

    02/13/2010 12:33:40 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies · 238+ views
    Aviation Week and Space Technology ^ | 1/12/2010 | Feb 12, 2010
    The U.S. and Israel have started development of an upper-stage component to Israel’s Arrow-3 missile defense architecture. Arieh Herzog, director of Israel’s missile defense program, says the main element will be a highly maneuverable exoatmospheric interceptor that zeros in on an incoming missile. The decision to add the component, which will be jointly developed by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and Boeing, stems from a study conducted in that identified a need for it in Israel’s ballistic missile defense system. Meanwhile, given the urgent need to meet the growing ballistic missile threat from Iran, IAI is pressing ahead with the Arrow-3...
  • Israeli drones take over skies of Afghanistan

    01/23/2010 1:28:07 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 14 replies · 994+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 1/21/2010 | Yaakov Katz
    While Israeli soldiers can't fight in the war in Afghanistan, Israeli drones can. Starting next week, five NATO member countries will be operating unmanned aerial vehicles produced in the Jewish state in anti-Taliban operations in the Central Asian country. Next week, officials from the German military will arrive to take delivery of an undisclosed number of Heron UAVs, made by Israel Aerospace Industries. The Heron is a medium altitude long endurance UAV that can remain airborne for more than 30 hours with a cruising altitude of 30,000 feet, and can carry a payload of 250 kg. It has a wingspan...
  • Israeli UAVs on an uproll

    11/16/2009 11:53:18 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies · 490+ views
    Space War ^ | 11/16/2009 | by Staff Writers via Space War
    Israel Aerospace Industries has signed a $350 million deal with Brazil to supply Heron unmanned aerial vehicles to patrol the South American nation's borders and provide security for the 2014 World Cup tournament and the 2016 Olympic Games. All told the state-run company, flagship of Israel's defense industry, will provide 14 drones over several years, three of them by April 2010. The deal comes amid a big surge in sales of Israeli UAVs worldwide, particularly with nations providing military forces in Afghanistan where UAVs have become a major component in the war against the Taliban and their jihadist allies. The...
  • IAI Unveils Missiles-in-a-Box for Ground Forces

    09/04/2009 9:40:30 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies · 1,149+ views
    Aviation Week ^ | 9/3/2009 | Graham Warwick
    IAI Unveils Missiles-in-a-Box for Ground Forces Posted by Graham Warwick at 9/3/2009 12:48 PM CDT Israel Aircraft Industries has unveiled Jumper, an autonomous vertical-launch artillery missile system for ground forces, at a defense show in Latrun, Israel. Jumper consists of eight canistered missiles and a command-and-control unit housed in a 3 X 3 "hive" measuring 1.4 X 1.4 X 2m tall. No operating crew or launching platform is required, says IAI. Weighing in at 63kg, and with a range of 50km, the tail-steered missile is 1.8m long and 150mm in diameter and has GPS/INS guidance coupled with a semi-active laser...
  • PICTURE: IAI delivers Colombia's first upgraded Kfir fighter

    06/22/2009 9:48:31 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies · 1,411+ views
    Flight International ^ | 22/06/09 | Arie Egozi
    PICTURE: IAI delivers Colombia's first upgraded Kfir fighter By Arie Egozi Israel Aerospace Industries has delivered the first upgraded Kfir fighters to the Colombian air force. The company was contracted in late 2007 to modernise 12 Kfirs from Colombia's air force inventory, and to provide several additional examples that had been stored at Israeli bases since the locally built type was phased out of service. Upgrade activities include equipping the aircraft with new avionics, an EL/M-2032 fire control radar from IAI subsidiary Elta Systems, and a new electronic warfare suite. The modified aircraft will be designated as Kfir C-10s or...
  • Israel Unveils Mini-Aegis Missile

    05/13/2009 5:47:30 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 25 replies · 1,754+ views
    Aviation Week ^ | 5/12/2009 | Bill Sweetman
    Israel Unveils Mini-Aegis Missile Posted by Bill Sweetman at 5/12/2009 5:54 AM CDT Israel Aerospace Industries is showing a full-scale mockup of the Barak 8 surface to air missile (SAM) for the first time at the IMDEX maritime defense show, which opened in Singapore today. Being co-developed with India, Barak 8 is also destined to equip Israel's next missile frigates, possibly based on the US Littoral Combat Ship. (A mockup without the full-length missile was on show at Euronaval last fall.) Key features of the 70 km-range Barak 8 missile are an active radar seeker and a dual-pulse solid rocket...
  • Antiship Missiles Engage Diverse Targets

    05/06/2009 10:50:13 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 46 replies · 2,095+ views
    Defense Technology International ^ | May 6, 2009 | Bill Sweetman
    Antiship Missiles Engage Diverse Targets May 6, 2009 By Bill Sweetman Surface warfare is in the news as navies tackle pirates off the Somali coast. The impact of piracy reflects the importance of sea lanes to a global economy, and navies are reequipping to deal with high- and low-level threats. One result is the emergence of a variety of antiship missiles. DTI has covered Chinese, Russian and Indian developments, but the rest of the world is also responding to changing threats. At the U.S. Navy League exhibition in Washington this month, Raytheon Missile Systems will unveil an upgrade to the...
  • Iraqi Insurgents Issue Open Letter to President-Elect Obama

    11/12/2008 5:42:21 PM PST · by Cindy · 7 replies · 542+ views
    THE COUNTERTERRORISM BLOG ^ | November 12, 2008 | Evan Kohlmann
    The NEFA Foundation has obtained an Arabic-language communiqué issued by the Political Council of the Iraqi Resistance (PCIR), an umbrella organization which oversees the political interests of several major Sunni insurgent groups in Iraq—including the Islamic Army in Iraq (IAI), the Salahudeen al-Ayyubi Brigades (JAAMI), Hamas al-Iraq, and the breakaway “Shariah Committee” from the former Ansar al-Sunnah Army.
  • Long-range missile set for launch test in Tel Aviv (Indo-Israeli missile)

    06/12/2008 10:29:50 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies · 160+ views
    The Financial Express, India ^ | June 13, 2008 | Huma Siddiqui
    Long-range missile set for launch test in Tel Aviv Huma Siddiqui Posted online: Friday , June 13, 2008 at 2225 hrs New Delhi, Jun 12 The long-range surface to air missile (LRSAM), which is jointly developed by Defence Research and Development Laboratory, Hyderabad with second biggest weapons supplier Israel, is ready to go for launch test to Tel Aviv. The $350-million covered a joint Indian-Israeli development agreement in 2006 under the UPA government, to create a new medium shipborne air defense missile, based on the Barak system in service with both navies. According to sources, under the contract Israel Aerospace...
  • Low-Cost and Effective AEW Systems Find Buyers

    02/13/2008 9:42:11 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies · 308+ views
    Defense Technology International ^ | Feb 13, 2008 | Bill Sweetman
    Low-Cost and Effective AEW Systems Find Buyers Feb 13, 2008 Bill Sweetman/Defense Technology International Airborne early warning and control (AEWC) has a reputation for being tricky and expensive. Boeing's 737 AEW aircraft for Australia, Turkey and South Korea -- one of the biggest U.S. export-only defense programs -- has run behind schedule and cost Boeing more than $1 billion in charges. The U.S. Air Force AWACS fleet -- described in 2006 as "falling apart" -- is finally budgeted for much-needed upgrades. Two systems now on the global market, however, are a step forward in affordability, and are making sales in...
  • Colombia mulls $200 million deal for 24 ex-Israeli Kfir fighters

    02/11/2008 5:27:49 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies · 234+ views ^ | 11/02/08 | Stephen Trimble
    Colombia mulls $200 million deal for 24 ex-Israeli Kfir fighters By Stephen Trimble Colombia is negotiating an estimated $200 million purchase of 24 ex-Israeli air force Kfir fighters to be upgraded with new electronic systems by Israel Aerospace Industries. The aircraft would replace Colombia's ageing fleet of 12 Kfirs and 12 Dassault Mirage 5COAs. The proposal comes as tensions rise between Colombia and neighbour Venezuela over the latter's disputed purchase of Sukhoi Su-27 fighters, but Colombia defence minister Juan Manual Santos says: "We are not expanding our capacity. We are simply replacing some elements that were very old for a...
  • Israel's IAI plans advanced missile tests

    02/07/2008 7:24:14 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies · 184+ views
    Flight International ^ | 04/02/08 | Arie Egozi
    Israel's IAI plans advanced missile tests By Arie Egozi Israel Aerospace Industries plans to test its improved Arrow-3 anti-ballistic missile for the first time in late 2008. This will be followed in 2009 by the first launch of the Barak-8 surface-to-air missile, which is being developed jointly with India. But the Israel Defence Force has decided not to deploy the LORA long-range artillery missile, which IAI had hoped to sell to India. Sources say the Israeli air force was instrumental in the decision not to buy the system, which could have substituted for air power because of its long range....
  • Al Qaeda, Islamic Army of Iraq battle near Samarra [It's just breaking my heart, sniff]

    11/10/2007 9:12:42 AM PST · by Tennessean4Bush · 9 replies · 158+ views
    The Long War Journal ^ | 11/10/2007 | Bill Roggio
    Iraq. Click map to view. The vicious infighting between al Qaeda in Iraq and the Islamic Army in Iraq manifested south of Samarra in Salahadin province yesterday. The Islamic Army in Iraq, one of the largest insurgent groups which have allied with al Qaeda in the past, attacked al Qaeda in a village south of the provincial capital on Friday. Eighteen al Qaeda fighters were killed and 16 captured during the hours long battle, according to an Islamic Army commander. Abu Ibrahim, an Islamic Army commander in the region, told the Associated Press that he informed the Iraqi Police...
  • India mulls over upgrades to Mirage-2000 & Jaguar fighters

    08/10/2007 9:21:43 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 29 replies · 782+ views
    Flight International ^ | 10/08/07 | Siva Govindasamy
    India mulls over combat aircraft upgrades By Siva Govindasamy India is considering upgrades to its Dassault Mirage 2000 and Sepecat Jaguar fighter jet fleets, with its air force looking to extend the life of these aircraft as delays continue to plague ongoing procurements and the induction of new aircraft. Upgrades to the 50-strong Mirage 2000 fleet are likely to go ahead first. New Delhi looks to issue a contract around the end of 2007 for the $1 billion programme that will upgrade the aircraft to Mirage 2000-5 standards, say industry sources. State-owned aviation major Hindustan Aeronautics and France's Dassault Aviation...
  • Israel to advance F-16, Black Hawk upgrades

    07/17/2007 9:03:56 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies · 556+ views ^ | 16/07/07 | Arie Egozi
    Israel to advance F-16, Black Hawk upgrades By Arie Egozi The Israeli air force is to enhance the combat effectiveness of its 125 Lockheed Martin F-16C/D fighters, to modify its Sikorsky UH-60 utility helicopters for attack duties by launching the Armed Black Hawk programme. Israel's F-16C/Ds are to receive the same avionics equipment integrated with its new-generation F-16Is, with this intended to boost commonality and allow the aircraft to remain in use until at least 2020. The air force says the upgrade, which has already undergone flight test using an F-16D, will also enable the older aircraft to carry new...
  • India, Israel To Co-Develop Advanced Missile defense System

    07/09/2007 7:50:53 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies · 1,061+ views
    India-Defence ^ | 8/7/2007
    India, Israel To Co-Develop Advanced Barak Ship Defense Missile System India and Israel have agreed to expand their already considerable missile development cooperation with an even longer-range version of their extended-range Barak ship defense system, this time for the Indian Air Force. Sources from both countries say they expect to sign an add-on development contract by early next year, following last month's conclusion of a memorandum of agreement between Indian defense research authorities and prime contractor Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI). This was reported by 'Deccan Herald'. The new land-based air defense system will feature a range of 150 kilometers, more...
  • Islamic Army of Iraq splits from Al-Qaeda

    04/12/2007 6:44:20 PM PDT · by bnelson44 · 24 replies · 1,141+ views
    The Forth Rail ^ | April 12, 2007 | Bill Roggio
    The largest Sunni insurgent group has severed ties with al Qaeda and its Islamic State of Iraq; Sunni religious leaders oppose al Qaeda The Sunni civil war in Iraq continues to gather steam. The Islamic Army in Iraq, the largest Sunni insurgent group which has previously operated closely with al Qaeda in Iraq, has severed ties with the terror group after several months of infighting, Al Jazeera reported today. Ibrahim al-Shammari, an Islamic Army in Iraq spokesman, "told Al Jazeera on Thursday that the Islamic Army in Iraq had decided to disunite from al-Qaeda in Iraq after its members were...
  • “WSJ”: Northrop Grumman proposes Israeli spy satellite to US military

    04/11/2007 11:10:41 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies · 377+ views
    Globes Online,Israel ^ | 11 Apr 07 | Adi Ben-Israel
    “WSJ”: Northrop Grumman proposes Israeli spy satellite to US military The IAI-built “Trinidad” small satellites cost $200 million each. Adi Ben-Israel 11 Apr 07 13:32 “The Wall Street Journal” reports that Northrop Grumman Corp. (NYSE:NOC) plans to collaborate with Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd. (IAI) to propose lighter, more-flexible spy satellites to the US military and intelligence agencies. The project, which was code-named "Trinidad" during development and expected to be announced on Wednesday, reflects Northrop's drive to move beyond being primarily a supplier of subsystems for government space programs into the more influential and potentially more profitable role as a prime...
  • Israel receives largest Heron UAV - the Shoval

    03/07/2007 10:21:05 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies · 2,229+ views
    Globes Online ^ | 7 Mar 07 | Amnon Barzilai
    IAF receives largest Heron UAV - the Shoval The IAF will soon unveil the Eitan UAV for intercepting ballistic missiles. Amnon Barzilai 7 Mar 07 16:26 The Israel Air Force (IAF) today took delivery its first new generation Heron unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) from Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd. (IAI). The IAF has named the UAV “Shoval”. The new Heron is a qualitative jump in the IAF’s operational capabilities for the wide range of missions thanks to the UAV’s special features. The new Heron is a large UAV, the most advanced of its kind in the world, and able to carry...
  • Israel mulls further 'Arrow' missile deployment(& exports)

    02/14/2007 9:05:19 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies · 443+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | Feb. 14, 2007 | YAAKOV KATZ
    IAF mulls further 'Arrow' deployment By YAAKOV KATZ The defense establishment is considering deploying new Arrow 2 missile batteries, in addition to the two currently in place, at sites throughout the country, including in the South, The Jerusalem Post has learned. On Sunday night, the IAF successfully tested the Arrow 2 system against a missile impersonating an Iranian Shihab-3 carrying a nuclear warhead. According to defense sources, the IAF plans to test an upgraded version of the missile called the Arrow 2.5 in two months. It is said to carry a larger warhead and to be capable of reaching higher...
  • Iraq's Kurdish Leader Backs Shiite Militia

    06/08/2005 4:55:20 AM PDT · by Momaw Nadon · 2 replies · 399+ views
    AP via Yahoo! ^ | Wednesday, June 8, 2005 | QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA
    BAGHDAD, Iraq - Iraq's Kurdish president backed his Shiite allies Wednesday by openly supporting a militia that Sunni Arab leaders have accused of killing members of their minority. Clashes in Baghdad and other attacks around Iraq killed at least eight people as the Sunni-dominated insurgency pressed on with its campaign against the Shiite-led government. The bloody wave of violence that broke out after the April 28 announcement of Iraq's new Shiite and Kurdish dominated government has killed more than 874 people. During the spree, more than 10 Sunni and Shiite clerics have been killed in apparent tit-for-tat slayings that raised...
  • India tests new anti-missile system

    11/27/2006 6:40:36 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies · 787+ views
    Press Trust of India,(PTI) ^ | NOV 27,2006 | A K DHAR
    India develops new anti-missile system A K DHAR, NEW DELHI, NOV 27 (PTI) India today unvieled an indigenous supersonic anti-missile system with defence scientists saying it had the capability to intercept incoming ballastic missiles thousands of miles away. Labelled only as AXO (Atmospheric Intercept System), the supersonic missile underwent its baptism when it successfully intercepted a surface-to-surface Prithvi target missile at an altitude of 40 to 50 km over the seas off the interim test range site in Chandipur in Orissa. "It is a new missile and not part of country's Integrated Guided Missile programme," top DRDO officials said on...
  • Israel's IAI and Gulfstream study tanker version of G550

    11/20/2006 7:12:57 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 16 replies · 2,014+ views
    Flight International ^ | 21/11/06 | Arie Egozi
    IAI and Gulfstream study tanker version of G550 By Arie Egozi Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI) and Gulfstream are developing an air-to-air refuelling concept based on the G550 business jet. The idea is to offer a small, agile tanker that would improve the flexibility of aerial refuelling operations. According to IAI, the G550 would be able to carry 25,000kg (55,000lb) of fuel. If needed, full-size tankers would be able to refuel a G550 tanker to extend its mission. IAI says it is studying the concept in response to requests from potential customers. The company is expanding its tanker business and is...
  • USAF to purchase 20 Israeli Python 5 missiles-Report

    11/07/2006 5:39:47 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 33 replies · 3,755+ views
    Globes Online,Israel ^ | 7 Nov 06 | Ran Dagoni
    USAF to purchase 20 Python 5 missiles - report This will be the first time that the US Air Force has purchased air-to-air missiles from a foreign manufacturer. Ran Dagoni, Washington 7 Nov 06 14:05 US defense news magazine “Defense News” reports that the US Air Force is to buy 20 Python 5 Full Sphere air-to-air missiles from Rafael Armament Development Authority Ltd., for a F-16 fighter squadron stationed at Nevada. Should the negotiations lead to a contract, this will be the first time that the US Air Force has purchased air-to-air missiles from a foreign manufacturer. Sources at Rafael’s...
  • Israel to supply UAVs to Indonesia

    10/22/2006 10:07:25 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies · 718+ views
    Globes Online,Israel ^ | 22 Oct 06 | Amnon Barzilai
    IAI to supply UAVs to Indonesia This is the first time that Israel and Indonesia have publicly disclosed an arms deal between the two countries. Amnon Barzilai 22 Oct 06 15:41 Israel Aircraft Industries Ltd. (IAI) will supply unmanned aviation vehicles (UAVs) to the Indonesian army in a deal worth tens of millions of dollars. This is the first time that Israel and Indonesia have publicly disclosed an arms deal between the two countries. Defending his country’s decision to select IAI as the supplier of its UAVs, Indonesian defense minister Juwono Sudarsono said, “The people of Israel are the offspring...
  • Israel's Rafael close to signing $239m missile deal with Indian Air Force

    09/25/2006 8:04:50 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies · 1,177+ views
    Aviation week & Space Technology ^ | 25 Sep 06 | Amnon Barzilai
    Rafael close to signing $239m deal with Indian Air Force “Aviation Week”: Rafael will supply its Spyder short-range air defense system. Amnon Barzilai 25 Sep 06 15:07 The Indian Air Force (IAF) is in advanced negotiations with Rafael Armament Development Authority Ltd. and MBDA of France for a $239 million contract to procure the Spyder SR short-range air defense system. The Spider air defense system combines two types of air-to-air missiles developed by Rafael which have been converted into an air defense system. One missile is the Python 5, designed for short-range aerial combat; the other is the Derby, designed...
  • Israel fields armed UAVs in Lebanon

    08/07/2006 9:05:03 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies · 1,317+ views
    SOURCE:Flight International ^ | 08/08/06 | By Peter La Franchi in London
    Israel fields armed UAVs in Lebanon By Peter La Franchi in London Operations in Lebanon and the Gaza strip are providing the first clear evidence that Israel has armed a number of unmanned air vehicles to reduce engagement times for time-sensitive targets. The USA is the only other nation known to operate armed UAVs. The air vehicles involved are believed to be Israel Aircraft Industries Herons, which have only recently entered operational service with the Israeli air force. The missiles carried are possibly Rafael Spikes, although this has not been independently confirmed. The Israeli defence ministry has not responded to...