_David Eshel

_David Eshel
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Advanced Artillery Systems Dominate Battlefield Strategy 

Empowered by modern technology, artillery is regaining its fabled punch after being diminished by the evolution of aerial attack and missiles.

The introduction of precision strike, driven by guided missiles, had threatened to eliminate artillery from the battlefield. However, advances in such areas as high-g-resistant electronics, durable guidance systems and miniature servos have endowed artillery with advanced capabilities.

Israel Maintains Hawkish Stand On Iran 

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani cleverly opened a gap between the White House and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government, with a recent diplomatic charm offensive that seems intended to ease economic sanctions against Iran that were imposed as punishment for its ongoing nuclear program.

Global Defense Spending Cuts Batter Israeli Exports 

The Israeli defense industry is being buffeted—some might say battered—by winds of change. In this case, it is a perfect storm of budget cutbacks by many countries, including Israel, that are shrinking defense expenditures concurrently with the winding down of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Rafael Adds Unitary Bomb To Spice Family 

Rafael Advanced Defense Systems of Israel has unveiled an addition to its Spice series of aerial bomb-guidance systems. This time, however, the Spice 250 (Spice means smart, precise impact, cost-effective) is a unitary weapon that offers significantly enhanced standoff precision-strike capabilities. Weighing just 127 kg (248 lb.), the bomb is capable of penetrating hardened bunkers. Importantly, it allows attackers to engage targets while out of range of enemy missile defenses.

Israeli Companies Unveil New Surveillance Technologies 

Operational tactics that have been developed in the past decade among Western forces often owe their origins to asymmetric warfare. One such tactic—wide-area aerial persistent surveillance (Waaps)—evolved from U.S. Air Force missions in Afghanistan.

Waaps is now finding acceptance among Israeli strategists. It leads efforts by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) to provide air and ground elements with the ability to remotely monitor wide areas and use resulting intelligence to assess situations and act against enemies in timely and decisive ways.

Multimission Offshore Patrol Vessels Extend Israel’s Sea Legs 

Israel Shipyards is expanding the Saar class of missile boats used by the country's navy and also sold to foreign customers. The company is making the ship a “mini-corvette,” with longer range—beyond 3,000 nm—and sophisticated defensive capabilities. The move addresses the need for Israel and other nations to project power well beyond their territorial waters.

Israel May Expand Counter-Rocket, Artillery And Mortar Use
High-energy lasers may have counter-rocket, artillery and mortar role
Israel Hones Counter-Long-Range Missile Defense
Overpowering offense is Israel's best defense against missile threats
David’s Sling Makes Direct Hit In Intercept Test
Scored direct hit on target vehicle simulating medium-range rocket
 
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Mar 31, 2015
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Operation Decisive Storm -- Air Power Over Yemen 2

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U. S., Russian Astronauts Reach International Space Station for One Year Stay 6

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Mar 26, 2015
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Open Skies Over Benelux And Germany

Cold War kids like me still remember the Open Skies treaty, the 1992 agreement by members of NATO and the then Warsaw Pact to allow observation flights over their territory as a confidence-building measure....More
Mar 26, 2015
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Mar 25, 2015
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Mar 24, 2015
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NavWeek: Semper Why 3

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Mar 21, 2015
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SpaceX's Gwynne Shotwell Talks Raptor, Falcon 9, CRS-2, Satellite Internet and More 5

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Mar 20, 2015
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Germany To Boost Defense Spending

Germany's finance minister says the pacifist nation must shoulder more military commitments in the coming years....More

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