Just before the start of the Eurosatory defense and security conference in Paris, Joseph Weiss, Israel Aerospace Industries president and CEO, sat down with David Eshel for Aviation Week & Space Technology.
TEL AVIV — Chile is apparently a potential customer for the Airbus Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) variant of the C295 turboprop, positioned as a potential successor for the Boeing 707 Condor currently in service.
“The C295 AEW would be a natural choice as follow-on to the Condor, since the aircraft is widely used in the continent,” says Avishai Izhakian, deputy general manager of Israel Aircraft Industries Elta Systems’ AEW Division, which provides the radar.
Israel's defense budget of approximately $15 billion puts the nation at 16th place in defense expenditure, after South Korea, Australia, Canada and Turkey, but ahead of the United Arab Emirates, Colombia, Spain and Pakistan. In terms of its estimated share of GDP, Israel's defense budget dropped from a double-digit level in the 1990s down to about 6% since 2010. Yet these statistics do not tell the full story.
TEL AVIV — The Israeli Air Force (IAF) is conducting a first-of-its-kind multinational exercise at the southern training base of Ouvda that kicked off last week, where 60 aircraft from four nations are taking part in realistic air combat training, practicing how air forces from different nations can cooperate in a coalition under one command.
The Israeli Air Force (IAF) is conducting a first-of-its-kind multinational exercise at the southern training base of Ouvda that kicked off last week, where 60 aircraft from four nations are taking part in realistic air combat training, practicing how air forces from different nations can cooperate in a coalition under one command.
A growing number of satellite-based automatic identification systems (AIS) make it easier for maritime surveillance to tie ship-tracking data with high-resolution satellite imagery. Used with AIS, space-based synthetic aperture radar (SAR) and optical remote-sensing platforms determine not only the presence of ships, but their identity, position, speed, heading, load, size and type.
TEL AVIV — The Israeli Ministry of Defense and the U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA) held a successful test of the David’s Sling air defense system on Nov. 20 in which a ballistic missile was intercepted and destroyed.
Barring unexpected delays, the system, also known as Magic Wand, is expected to be operational within two years. It has been in development since 2006
TEL AVIV - The Israeli Ministry of Defense and the U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA) held a successful test of the David’s Sling air defense system on Nov. 20 in which a ballistic missile was intercepted and destroyed.
TEL AVIV — The U.S. plans to fast-track the delivery of six V-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft to Israel, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says.
The Pentagon will reallocate part of the next production group originally destined for the U.S. Marine Corps to meet the Israeli request for six aircraft. The V-22 is produced under a multi-year procurement, with the fiscal 2014 budget plan funding the production of 18 USMC Ospreys and three for the Air Force Special Operations Command.
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