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DEFEXPO 2018 HIGHLIGHTS – Unmanned Systems

The fourth part of our photo report highlighting UAV topics from the DEFEXPO 2018 exhibition in India.

DEFEXPO 2018 HIGHLIGHTS – Artillery

Part II in our photographic coverage of DEFEXPO 2018 features artillery systems.

DEFEXPO 2018 – Photo Highlights

Part I of 4 photographic reviews of DEFEXPO 2018 brought to you by Defense-Update.

IAI Consolidates Civil Activities into +US$1 Billion Commercial Aviation Group

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) is strengthening its commercial aviation activities by forming a single, business-oriented group that unifies six business lines currently distributed in different corporate activities. The new structure is likely to focus IAI's activities to meet the unique challenges and opportunities of the commercial aviation market. The transformation is implemented at a time in which many countries bring home their manufacturing operations and are fighting aggressively for market shares, challenging IAI to sharpen its offering in defense and commercial aviation alike.

IAI Secures La Quiaca Border Crossing in Argentina

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has recently completed the installation of the first secured border crossing in La Quiaca, Argentina, as part of a project that includes four border crossings characterized by different topologies.

SriLanka Turn to Refurbish Kfir Fighters

The Srilankan Air Force (SLAF) is planning to replace its obsolete Kfir and MiG-27 fighters with eight used aircraft. Lacking financial arrangements for the procurement, SLAF is considering the refurbishment and modernization of five of the remaining Kfirs to bring those fighters back into service.

Future Drones: Minimizing Dependence on Human Skills

This post continues our discussion on Future Drones Although unmanned aircraft do not require a pilot to fly, they do need significant human control and...

IAI Introduces a Loitering Weapon Optimized for Maritime Attack

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has developed a Maritime version of its Harop Loitering Munitions (LM) family. The company is displaying the weapon at the...

Israel Tests Sea-Launched LORA Missile

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has successfully completed a firing trial with the Long-Range Artillery weapon system (LORA), marking as part of the demonstration and validation phases of the system, under a number of procurement programs involve the system. On this experiment, the missile was launched from a cargo ship toward a target at sea.

German Court Clears Israel’s Drone Sale to the Bundeswehr

German court dismisses General Atomics suit over Heron drone order
A German court dismissed a legal challenge from U.S. weapons maker General Atomics to Germany's plans to lease armed drones from Israel Aerospace Industries, clearing the way for the drone program to go ahead, Reuters reported. Judge Heinz-Peter Dicks said the ruling was effective immediately and meant that Germany can now procure drones as it had planned.

New Orders Expand Indian LRSAM Integration to More Vessels

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) announced today it has been awarded an additional, $630 million- contract for the supply of LRSAM air & missile defense systems for four ships of the Indian navy. The type of ships was not released but are likely to be Project 15B Visakhapatnam-class missile destroyers, scheduled for commissioning from 2018 through 2024.

A New Radar for Israel’s Missile Boats

The Israel Navy has recently equipped the first Saar 4.5 (Hetz Class) missile boat with a new, multi-mission, digital phased array radar system developed and produced in Israel by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) Elta Systems.

New Eyes Seeking Targets in Forests

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has added a foliage penetrating (FOPEN) radar to its ELM-2112 family of persistent ground surveillance radars. Unlike other sensors in the ELM-2112 family, the ELM-2112FP operates in the L-band, to enable better penetration of dense foliage. With this capability the new radar can penetrate 'few tens of meters' into dense vegetation, to detect moving targets hidden in dense shrubs, forests, and jungles, from a distance of several kilometers away.

Dominating the New High Ground

The growing use of improvised, weaponized drones triggered a new interest in counter-UAV capabilities. Such countermeasures are required to warn the unit on the presence of drones in their area and have the ability to disrupt and defeat those drones when required. Until now, such unavailable were not available in the region. Although US forces have deployed some off-the-shelf C-UAV capabilities in the Middle-East since 2016, most of these technologies were not exportable to allied nations.