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IAI New System Prevents Mid-Air Collisions [video]

Thursday, November 24th, 2016

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) is pioneering military flight safety with the introduction of its Collision Warning System (CWS), an innovative, lifesaving solution designed to warn combat pilots in situations when potential collision with commercial and civilian aircraft is imminent. Developed by IAI’s MALAM Division, CWS will be on display at the I/ITSEC exhibition in Orlando, FL, November 28 through December 2, 2016.

Increasing congestion in civil air space poses a growing challenge to flight safety in general and for military operations near or within civilian airspace in particular. CWS enables military pilots to fly safely in both training and operational flights without risk to civilian or military aircraft nearby. The new system monitors non-military platforms and warns of the proximity and risk of collision with commercial aircraft. CWS creates an aerial picture and provides a complete air situational picture with warnings visible only to the military pilot – no indications are provided to civilian aircraft.

“The growing congestion of the airspace and lack of integration between military and civil air spaces requires new, independent solutions to prevent collisions,” Jacob Galifat, General Manager of the IAI/MALAM Division, said on Wednesday. “Such systems will improve flight safety without compromising operational freedom. The CWS we are introducing today combines the independence, operational freedom, ease of integration and affordability which are so important for the military operator, enabling military pilots to fly safely without risk to civilian or military aircraft nearby, in both training and operational flights.”


$196 M To Be Paid to Spacecom Over Amos 6 Satellite Explosion

Thursday, November 3rd, 2016

Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd. will pay $196 million this month to Spacecom Satellite Communications Ltd. for the loss of the Amos 6 communications satellite.

Spacecom will also receive $10 million for late delivery of the satellite, which blew up aboard the SpaceX Falcon launcher in Florida owned by Elon Musk. The explosion came several days before the equipment was to go through a routine test-firing.

The satellite was insured by IAI through Lloyds of London, which will pay the money directly into an account under lien to Spacecom’s bondholders, the Globes business news service reported.

Spacecom has lost some $200 million in revenue that would have resulted from contracts that were signed with communications providers for use of the satellite.

Hana Levi Julian

Ofek 11 Spy Satellite Launched, But Not Quite A-Okay

Tuesday, September 13th, 2016

The Ofek 11 observation (spy) satellite launched Tuesday by Israel is experiencing a few hiccups.

The satellite was launched into space from Palmahim air base south of Tel Aviv, but the Defense Ministry has since become concerned that systems aboard the aircraft may not be functioning properly.

According to Aerospace Director Amnon Harari, not everything is going the way it should be – but it’s hard to tell, because the satellite is not constantly accessible to crews on the ground, the way a communications satellite would be.

“There are indications that show us that things may not be working as we expected,” Harari said. “It will take a few days to determine whether the launch was successful.”

The satellite orbits the earth once every hour and a half, and according to Israel Aircraft Industries aerospace director Ofer Doron, a few things are “not quite routine,” but operators are continuing their diagnostics.

Operators have access to the Ofek 11 only for a few short hours once a day, so it may take a few days before the tech teams know for sure whether they were successful in their attempts to adjust the settings.

Hana Levi Julian

India Puts Final Touches on $3b Military Deals With Israel

Tuesday, February 9th, 2016

Before this time next year, Israel is likely to be one of India’s top three arms suppliers.

New Delhi is putting the final touches on a package of bilateral military deals and projects planned with Israel totaling $3 billion.

Three of the deals are ready for a final vote by India’s Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) ahead of the first state visit to Israel by Prime Minister Narendra Modi later this year. “It should be cleared by the CCS within a month or so,” said an India Ministry of Defense source.

Among the contracts are the sale of 164 ‘Litening-4′ or laser-designation pods for IAF fighters like the Sukhoi30-MKIs and Jaguars, and 250 advanced ‘Spice’ precision stand-off bombs capable of taking out fortified enemy underground command centers.

The two countries are still negotiating over the cost for 321 ‘Spike’ anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) systems and 8,356 missiles, according to the Economic Times. The ATGMs have a strike range of more than 2.5 kilometers and fire-and-forget capability. The Indian Army wants to equip all its 382 infantry battalions and 44 mechanized infantry units with ‘Spike’ ATGMs. According to the report, the project would involve an initial off-the-shelf induction followed by large-scale indigenous manufacture by Bharat Dynamics Ltd. (BDL) to equip India’s 1.18-million strong military.

There is also a proposed initial order between DRDO (Defense Research and Development Organization) and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) for an MR-SAM regiment. The systems come with 16 firing units that feature multifunction surveillance and threat-tracking radars as well as weapon control systems. These too will be subsequently produced in bulk by BDL.

If the deals are signed, Israel will be confirmed as one of India’s top three arms suppliers, according to Defense Ministry sources.

Hana Levi Julian

Elbit Systems: $70M Deal in Israel, $50M Sale in Asia

Monday, December 28th, 2015

Israel’s Elbit Systems Ltd. defense electronics firm announced Monday that it has been awarded a contract by the Directorate of Production and Procurement of the Israeli Ministry of Defense (“IMOD”), valued at approximately $70 million, for the supply of Electronic Warfare (EW) systems.

The systems, developed and manufactured by Elbit Systems EW and SIGINT – Elisra Ltd., is to be delivered over a five-year period, and will be installed on board all types of Israeli Air Force fighter jets.

Bezhalel (Butzi) Machlis, President and CEO of Elbit Systems, said: “We are proud to provide the Israeli Air Force, recognized as one of the world’s most advanced air forces, advanced EW systems, covering the full range of fighter jets, and we trust that this win will further enhance our position as one of the world’s leading EW manufacturers.

“The modern global air combat arena is extremely challenging, and pilots are facing many new threats. Our systems provide a solution to a wide variety of current and future threats, and we hope that other customers will follow the IMOD and the Israeli Air Force and select our EW systems.”

The company also announced that it has won a new three-year $50 million contract with an Asia-Pacific nation. The firm will supply a “comprehensive airborne solution for use in intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance (ISTAR) missions.”

Through its ISTAR division, Elbit said it will upgrade equipment already deployed in the field, including long-range electro-optical (EO) cameras and sensors. These are to be supplemented with Israel Aerospace Industries unit Elta Systems’ advanced SAR/GMTI Reconnaissance systems, the company said.

The upgraded system will be able to perform advanced functions such as mission planning, battlefield management, terrain analysis and simulation modeling both before and during intelligence-gathering operations.

“By combining multiple sensors, advanced C4I and intelligence analysis systems, all into one integrated solution, we enable customers to carry out more effective and flexible ISTAR operations,” said Machlis.

“There is a growing demand for this sort of solution, and we hope that this project, which marks a significant milestone for us, will lead to more orders from new and existing customers in the near future.”

Hana Levi Julian

Israel, Jordan Close Deal on Drones to Fight ISIS

Monday, August 17th, 2015

Israel and Jordan have inked a deal for Jerusalem to supply the Hashemite Kingdom with unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to combat Da’esh (ISIS).

The announcement is a sign of increased cooperation between the two countries in the face of a common enemy. Last month it became known that Israel supplied Jordan with 16 Bell AH-1E/F Cobras it had previously retired from service.

Images seen online on August 13 also showed Royal Jordanian Air Force Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcons parked next to Israeli Air Force Boeing F-151 Eagle (Ra’am) fighters at Lajes Field in the Azores on their way to the United States for joint exercises, accompanied by a group of Israeli Air Force KC-707 fuel tankers.

The Heron TP strategic UAV produced by Israel Aerospace Industries and the Elbit Systems Skylark tactical UAV are reportedly needed to support Jordanian special ground forces as they do battle with Da’esh (ISIS) in Iraq, according to Jane’s. The terrorist group seized control over the sole crossing on Jordan’s common border with Iraq a year ago.

A total of 12 drones of both types are to be delivered to Jordan, the DEBKAfile website reported, although there has been no confirmation of the claim. Elbit denied the report, according to Jane’s.

The Heron TP is the largest and most sophisticated UAV in service since entering the IDF in 2010. The drone can fly to an altitude of 45,000 feet and stay there for up to 40 hours if necessary.

Recently the drone has been approved to carry the IAI (Tamam) M-19HD electro-optical sensor turret which includes zoom and spotter high-definition (HD) day cameras, an HD infrared (IR) zoom camera; laser designator; laser rangefinder; laser pointer, near-IR laser illuminator; electron-multiplied charge-coupled device (CCD) camera; and short-wave IR camera.

Hana Levi Julian

Retired USAF General to Head Israeli Defense Co. N. American Division

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

Israel’s global heavyweight in the defense industry, Israel Aerospace Industries, has made an important acquisition of its own: retired United States Air Force General Robert Foglesong is its new chief executive officer of IAI Ltd. North America. IAI North America is located in Arlington, Virginia.

Foglesong retired as a four-star general in 2006, after 33 years of active duty in the U.S. Air Force. During his military tenure, Foglesong commanded U.S. air forces in Europe and was vice chief of staff of the U.S. Air Force.

After his retirement from the military, Foglesong was a president of Mississipi State University for two years.

Lori Lowenthal Marcus

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