Alon Ben David

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Budget Cuts Prompt Deepest Reductions In Israeli Military History 

TEL AVIV — Despite ongoing political upheaval in the Middle East, Israel is launching the most drastic cut to its armed forces to date.

The Israel Defense Force (IDF) has presented a plan to downsize its ground, air and naval forces, cutting units, platforms and personnel, and may face another round of reductions.

“It’s a revolutionary plan,” said Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon. “In a few years we will see a different IDF.”

Budget Cuts Prompt Largest Reduction In Israeli Military History 
TEL AVIV - The Israeli military has presented a plan to downsize its ground, air and naval forces, cutting units, platforms and personnel. “It’s a revolutionary plan,” said Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon. “In a few years we will see a different IDF.” (Photo: IDF)
Israel Picks M-346 Over T-50 In Trainer Contest 

GENOA, Italy and TEL AVIV — Israel has opted for the Alenia Aermacchi M-346 advanced jet trainer over Korea Aerospace Industries’ T-50, in an estimated $1 billion deal that will cover 25-30 aircraft plus ground-based training systems.

Israel Picks M-346 Over T-50 In Trainer Contest

Israel has opted for the Alenia Aermacchi M-346 advanced jet trainer over Korea Aerospace Industries’ T-50, in an estimated $1 billion deal that will cover 25-30 aircraft plus ground-based training systems.

Israeli Officials Warn Over Iranian ICBM, Nukes

Iran is developing an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) with a range of 10,000 km (6,200 mi.), according to Israeli Strategic Affairs Minister Moshe Ya’alon.

“The blast that occurred in a missile base outside Tehran in November damaged that program,” says Ya’alon, a former chief of staff of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). “This missile is not aimed against Israel, the ‘small Satan,’ but against the ‘great Satan’ – the U.S.”

Heron TP Crashes in Israel 

HERON DOWN: Weeks after being declared operational, one of the Israeli air force’s strategic UAVs, the medium-altitude long-endurance Eitan (Heron TP), crashed during a test flight Jan. 29. One of five produced so far by prime contractor IAI, the 4,000-kg (9,000-lb.) Heron TP was tested carrying a new payload, apparently on the limit of its carrying capability. “What we know is that one of the wings broke,” said Maj. Gen. Ido Nechushtan, air force commander.

Boeing Links Up With IAI On Arrow-3 

TEL AVIV — Israel has taken another step toward fielding a four-layered missile defense with Boeing joining Israel Aerospace Industries in developing the Arrow-3, an upper-tier anti-ballistic missile system.

Israeli Defense Industrial Landscape In Flux 

Although sales are soaring, two of Israel’s leading defense companies are undergoing unsettling personnel changes: Israel Aerospace Industries’ (IAI’s) CEO for the last six years, Itzhak Nissan, is being forced to retire, and Aeronautics Defense Systems’ CEO and founder Avi Leumi will also depart his position in the coming weeks.

Israeli Defense Industrial Landscape In Flux

Although sales are soaring, two of Israel’s leading defense companies are undergoing unsettling personnel changes: Israel Aerospace Industries’ (IAI’s) CEO for the last six years, Itzhak Nissan, is being forced to retire, and Aeronautics Defense Systems’ CEO and founder Avi Leumi will also depart his position in the coming weeks.

Israel Hones In On F-35 Despite Planning Perturbations 

TEL AVIV — Warily watching the Lockheed Martin Joint Strike Fighter program in the U.S., the Israel air force (IAF) nonetheless is finalizing plans to receive the F-35 “at the earliest date possible,” fiercely rejecting any suggestion to explore other alternatives.

Israel Hones In On F-35 Despite Planning Perturbations 

Warily watching the Lockheed Martin Joint Strike Fighter program in the U.S., the Israel air force (IAF) nonetheless is finalizing plans to receive the F-35 “at the earliest date possible,” fiercely rejecting any suggestion to explore other alternatives.

Groundwork Being Laid For Italy-Israel Trainer Deal 

TEL AVIV — While Alenia Aermacchi and Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) vie for Israel’s advanced trainer, a growing spat among the competitors and their national backers is beginning to mar what was widely seen as a rehearsal for the larger U.S. Air Force T-X competition.

South Korea is threatening to suspend all defense contracts with Israel, claiming that the highly contested tender for Israel’s advanced trainer was already decided in favor of Alenia Aermacchi’s M-346 Master over KAI’s T-50 Golden Eagle.

Israel Declassifies Precision-Guided Missile 

TEL AVIV — Precision weapons and unmanned aircraft are two areas in which the Israeli military can rightly claim a leadership position. But just how closely the two areas have been linked is only now starting to become clear.

Israel Declassifies Precision Guided Missile 

Precision weapons and unmanned aircraft are two areas in which the Israeli military can rightly claim a leadership position. But just how closely the two areas have been linked is only now starting to become clear.

U.S. Arms Pitch to Israel Includes More than Extra F-35s 

Besides an additional 20 Lockheed Martin /F-35s, at a cost of around $3 billion, if Israel makes more movement for peace with Palestinians, the U.S. also has pledged to provide Israel with more technologies and capabilities to counter threats from Iran and to veto any anti-Israeli resolution in the U.N. or the International Atomic Energy Agency.

Further, the U.S. has proposed signing a new defense treaty with Israel if a peace accord with the Palestinians can be achieved.

 
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