_David Eshel

_David Eshel
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Israel Will Be First Non-U.S. Customer To Fly F-35
The first F-35I combat squadron is expected to achieve IOC in 2018
Regional Instability Drives Israeli Air Force 

In a conversation with AW&ST Contributing Editor David Eshel, Brig. Gen. Hagi Topolanski, chief of air staff and deputy commander of the Israeli air force, describes how the IAF is dealing with the evolving threat in the Middle East. He lays out the Air Force's upcoming five-year acquisition blueprint, including plans for the purchase and fielding of the first squadron of F-35I stealth fighters.

Israel Mulling Countermeasures For Syrian S-300 Missiles 

TEL AVIV — Seeing future Syrian S-300 surface-to-air missiles as a threat to its own airspace, Israel has pledged to take preventative action.

Fixed-wing aircraft, unmanned aerial vehicles or through covert sabotage on assembly points could disable “S-300 missiles and similar weapons before becoming operational,” says retired army general and National Security Adviser Yaakov Amidror to European diplomats.

Israel Seeking Countermeasures For Syrian S-300 Missiles 
TEL AVIV - Seeing future Syrian S-300 surface-to-air missiles as a threat to its own airspace, Israel has pledged to take preventative action.
Potential S-300 Sale To Syria Catches Israel’s Attention
Threat of Russian S-300s ups tension with Israel.
Israel Airport Authority Approves Xsight’s FOD Detection System 

The Israel Airports Authority (IAA) has approved a foreign object debris (FOD) detection system that is now fully operational at Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv.

The system is installed on the airport’s primary 0826 runway, the first of three runways planned to be equipped with a FOD detection system.

IAA’s formal acceptance followed two years of evaluation. The automated FOD detection system, known as ‘FODetect’, is developed by the Israeli company Xsight Systems.

Israel Approves Automated FOD Detection System 

The Israel Airports Authority (IAA) has accepted a foreign object debris (FOD) detection system that is now fully operational at Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv.

The system is installed on the airport’s primary 0826 runway, the first of three runways planned to be equipped with a FOD detection system.

IAA’s formal acceptance followed two years of evaluation. The automated FOD detection system, known as ‘FODetect’, is developed by the Israeli company Xsight Systems.

Syrian Air Defense Modernization Worries Israel 

TEL AVIV — Syria’s efforts to modernize its air defenses are increasing the threat of a conflict suddenly erupting between Israel and its enemies, according to Israel’s air force chief, Maj. Gen. Amir Eshel.

Syrian Air Defense Modernization Seen Heightening Regional Tensions 
TEL AVIV - Syria’s efforts to modernize its air defenses are increasing the threat of a conflict suddenly erupting between Israel and its enemies, according to Israel’s air force chief, Maj. Gen. Amir Eshel.
IDF Sounds The Alarm Over Defense Budget Cuts 

ISRAELI DEFENSE: Israel will cut its defense budget, though not as much as originally anticipated, as the Middle Eastern country tries to control its deficit. Israel now plans to spend NIS 52.5 billion ($14. billion) on defense in 2013, fending off NIS 1 billion in proposed reductions. Spending on the Israeli military is projected to dip slightly to NIS 51 billion in 2014, before rising steadily to NIS 59 billion by 2018.

Hezbollah UAV Downed Trying To Infiltrate Israeli Territory 

TEL AVIV — The Israeli Air Force (IAF) on April 25 intercepted and shot down a UAV launched by Hezbollah from Lebanon.

Hezbollah UAV Downed Attempting To Infiltrate Israeli Territory 
TEL AVIV - The Israeli Air Force (IAF) on April 25 intercepted and shot down a UAV launched by Hezbollah from Lebanon.
Safe Vehicles 

Mortars, short-range rockets, improvised explosive devices and rocket-propelled grenades (RPG) are insurgents' weapons that military forces deal with by employing superior protection, operational procedures and tactics, and real-time intelligence. When insurgents obtain guided weapons, however, there is a major escalation in the threat level.

Aid To Israel Surviving Budget Crunch 
WASHINGTON and TEL AVIV - Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon says the new arms and capabilities speak volumes about “America’s unshakable commitment to Israel’s security."
West Watches North Korean Missile Displays Closely 
The admiral in charge of the U.S. Pacific Command on April 9 reiterated U.S. readiness and capability to intercept any North Korean medium- or long-range missile launched against the U.S. or allies, but he told senators that a decision could be made quickly not to do so if intelligence and the missile’s trajectory did not indicate a threat.
 
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