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EXCLUSIVE: Drones Now Dominate Israeli Flying Operations

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“Last year 78 percent of the IAF’s operational flight hours were performed by UAS. This year the number jumped and is 80 percent,” Lt. Col. S. told me at the Tel-Nof Air Force base, where the largest Israeli drone, the Heron-TP flies from. Breaking Defense was granted exclusive access to the White Eagle squadron there.

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CH-53 vs. CH-47: Which Helicopter Will Israel Pick?

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An IDF team has been taking test flights aboard Lockheed Martin’s new CH-53K in Maryland, but Boeing’s CH-47 Chinook is in the running too — and both programs could use a boost against their American critics.

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Israeli Election Politics Slowing IAF Acquisitions

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The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) ground forces command want an immediate replacement for the CH-53 . “It is natural that operational needs differ, but this is the task of the highest command to evaluate the needs and make a decision,” a senior Israeli defense official said.

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Crunch Time For Israeli Air Force: F-15X Or F-35?

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Last month, the defense ministry issued official inquiries into acquiring both aircraft — but, for now, the budget can buy only one.

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Lockheed Teams With Airbus, ELTA, Rafael For Israeli Contracts & US Cash

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New restrictions on US aid to Israel is driving companies to seek American partners.

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Iran: Israeli F-35s Rehearse Strikes As US Sends Troops — But Will Europe Flinch?

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Israeli experts fear that the Iranian attacks aim to drive a wedge between the US and Europe.

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Eye On Iran, Israelis Conduct Huge Two-Week Exercise On Cyprus

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  TEL AVIV: As the Middle Eastern kettle boils hotter, Israel is striving to improve the readiness and efficiency of its forces with regional exercises aimed, in part, at building de facto regional alliances. Syrian news agencies are reporting another air attack on the Russian-aligned country on June 12. According to Syrian news agencies, the… Keep reading →

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Lockheed Adds Some Israeli SPICE To Kinetics Market

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It’s a global coming-out party for the precision munition, already used by the Israeli Air Force in Syria.

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Israel Keeps Eyes On F-35Bs; Lockheed-Boeing Battle It Out For Fighters, Choppers

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TEL AVIV: Until last week there was a shadow war, fought behind closed doors, mainly in the highly guarded complex of the Israeli Defense Ministry and the Israeli Air Force headquarters in Tel Aviv. And in some newspapers. But now the war has gone public and the big guns could be heard all over Israel’s… Keep reading →

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IAI CEO Comes Out Swinging Over KC-46, US FMF Money

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It began in low voices behind closed doors but some days ago the battle for US military aid turned to open war. The first skirmish is being fought over the Israeli Air Force’s (IAF) advanced aerial refueling aircraft meant to replace its aging converted Boeing 707s.

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