Israel Military developments

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  1. youngindian

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    Israel is developing a new "smart" glide bomb, a weapon that had its origins as far as back as World War I. It is likely to wind up in the Israel armory for operations against Palestinian militants and Lebanon's Hezbollah guerrillas.

    The weapon, designated the Medium Laser-Guided Bomb, is still in the early stages of development by the state-run Israel Aerospace Industries, flagship of Israel's defense industry.

    The bomb, on display for the first time at the recent Paris Air Show, was described as a "precision weapon for precision attacks or close air support against various types of targets such as buildings, small bunkers, time-critical targets and moving targets," offering "pinpoint accuracy for all-weather conditions" as well as trajectory control."

    Glide bombs are aerodynamically configured to flatten and extend their normal flight trajectory and can be controlled from the launch aircraft for pinpoint attacks.

    The Israeli air force frequently targets militants while they are moving around in vehicles. The weapons employed in such cases range from air-to-ground missiles fired from F-16 strike aircraft or helicopter gunships.

    Other targets that might be suitable for the glide bomb are makeshift factories manufacturing homemade Qassam rockets used by Hamas to fire into Israel.

    The militants are extending the range and firepower of these projectiles launched from Gaza to the point where they may soon target urban areas around Tel Aviv in central Israel.

    The glide bomb is said to carry a 36-pound warhead and appears to be about the same size as the U.S. GBU-39/B Small Diameter Bomb.

    The German Luftwaffe held flight trials with a German precision-guided Hope standoff penetrator glide bomb.

    The results remain closely guarded, but Aviation Week reported on Sept. 25, 2008, that the weapon, using a GPS guidance system aided by an inertial navigation system, hit its targets precisely.

    The bomb was launched from a Luftwaffe Tornado IDS strike aircraft at the flight test center at Vidsel in Sweden.

    During World War I, Wilhelm von Siemens proposed a "torpedo glider" -- a wire-guided missile that was basically a naval torpedo with an airframe attached -- but the conflict ended before it could be developed.

    But during World War II, the Germans introduced the first operational glider bombs, primarily as anti-shipping weapons as von Siemens had envisaged. These were radio-controlled weapons designated Ruhrstahl SD 1400 and generally known as Fritz-X.

    On Nov. 26, 1943, the British troopship Rohna was sunk by one of these weapons as it carried U.S. troops from Oran, Morocco, to Port Said, Egypt, in an allied convoy traversing the Mediterranean.

    The bomb ripped a huge hole in the ship's port side and set the vessel on fire. It sank and 1,235 soldiers and crewmen perished. The attack with this mysterious weapon was hushed up for many years, but it inflicted the highest U.S. death toll of any ship sunk in World War II.

    After the war, the Americans developed the glide bomb, adding sophisticated electronics. These evolved in the 1960s into the U.S. Air Force's AGM-62 Walleye and later the AGM-65 Maverick.

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    Israel orders U.S. stealth planes to counter Iran, Syria threat

    10/07/2009

    MOSCOW, July 10 (RIA Novosti) - Israel has ordered at least 25 U.S. F-35 stealth fighter aircraft to counter any potential threat from the delivery of Russian advanced air defense systems to Iran and Syria, an Israeli daily said on Friday.

    Tel Aviv earlier said that the purchase of F-35 fighters would effectively eliminate the threat from Russian-made S-300 air defense systems because a series of computer simulations had clearly demonstrated that new U.S. stealth fighters outperform the Russian missiles.

    The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF), manufactured by Lockheed Martin, "will be one of the most-advanced fighter jets in the world and will enable Israel to phase out some of its older F-15 and F-16 models," the Jerusalem Post said.

    The paper said an official Letter of Request (LOR) to the Pentagon was sent this week, but talks on a final price for the plane, estimated at over $100 million, and technical details of the deal would continue.

    "Israeli demands have focused on three issues - the integration of Israeli-made electronic warfare systems into the plane, the integration of Israeli communication systems and the ability to independently maintain the plane in the event of a technical or structural problem," it said.

    The contract is expected to be signed in early 2010 followed by the delivery of the first F-35 fighters to Israel in 2014.

    According to the Jerusalem Post, the Israeli Air Force plans to purchase an additional 50 aircraft in the future, some of them with vertical take-off and landing capabilities.

    Meanwhile, Israel has intensified its efforts to prevent deliveries of Russian S-300 air defense systems to Iran under a 2007 contract.

    Israel and the U.S. insist that the delivery of advanced air defense systems to Iran would undermine the military balance in the region, and Russia has until recently delayed the implementation of the deal.

    Although Russian sources said in March that Iran had not yet received any S-300 air defense systems and the deal needed approval from the Russian leadership, Moscow has reiterated its commitment to fulfill the contract, which is worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

    The latest version of the S-300 family is the S-300PMU2 Favorit, which has a range of up to 195 kilometers (about 120 miles) and can intercept aircraft and ballistic missiles at altitudes from 10 meters to 27 kilometers.

    It is considered one of the world's most effective all-altitude regional air defense systems, comparable in performance to the U.S. MIM-104 Patriot system.


    Israel orders U.S. stealth planes to counter Iran, Syria threat | Top Russian news and analysis online | 'RIA Novosti' newswire
     
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    By the time it comes around, Iran will have the nukes that Israel wants these planes for.
     
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    Iran nukes are still decades away unless supported by knowledge/know how from China or Pakistan.
     
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    making of a single N-warhead is too easy atleast a low yeilded warhead. like North Korea.
    but getting its complete tech and know how is as you said.
    unless some Rogue states help. which helped NK.
     
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    Britain imposes partial arms embargo on Israel: Report

    Britain imposes partial arms embargo on Israel: Report

    Updated on Monday, July 13, 2009, 13:05 IST

    Jerusalem: The British Foreign Office has imposed a partial arms embargo on Israel over the Gaza war, refusing to supply replacement parts for Navy gunships used in the offensive, a newspaper reported.

    The "Foreign Office informed Israel's embassy in London of the sanctions a few days ago," the Haaretz newspaper said, adding that the embassy attributed the move to pressure from human rights groups and MPs.

    The move came after the government reviewed all 182 licences for arms exports to Israel and ultimately decided to cancel five, which cover spare parts for Saar 4.5 missile boats, Haaretz said.

    By participating in the Gaza war, the boats "violated the security agreements between Britain and Israel, which specify what uses may be made of British equipment," Haaretz quoted the directive as saying.

    Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman brushed off the sanctions, telling public radio, "We've had many embargoes in the past... We can manage. This shouldn't bother us."

    Israel launched its devastating three-week war on Gaza in December 2008. More than 1,400 Palestinians and 13 Israelis were killed.

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    Britain revokes five arms export licences to Israel

    JERUSALEM (AP) An Israeli official says Britain has revoked five licences granted to British companies to sell defense exports to Israel.

    The official said the licences were revoked in connection with Israel's recent war against Palestinian militants in Gaza although it was not known exactly what the issue was.

    The licences applied to parts for Israeli Saar missile boats. The official says he does not know what equipment was at issue.

    He says Britain reviewed 182 licences before deciding to revoke five.

    The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the decision.

    A British Embassy statement said licences are not granted where there is a risk ``arms will be used for external aggression or internal repression.''

    The Hindu News Update Service
     
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    well well look who is talking
     
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    i think its linked to the sea blockade of Gaza and recently some international activies including some British nationals tried to break it with medical supplies and end up being arrested .
     
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    IDF soldier: We used Gazans as human shields

    IDF soldier: We used Gazans as human shields
    by Amos Harel
    Tuesday Jul 14th, 2009 6:32 PM

    The Israel Defense Forces used Palestinians as human shields during Operation Cast Lead last January despite a 2005 High Court ruling outlawing the practice, a Golani brigade soldier says. He says he did not see Palestinians being used as human shields but was told by his commanders that this occurred.

    The soldier says his unit employed a variation of the practice, the so-called "neighbor procedure," when it checked homes for Palestinian militants.

    The soldier's testimony appears in a collection of accounts being published this week by Breaking the Silence, an organization that collects IDF soldiers' testimony on human rights abuses by the military. The Golani soldier gave similar testimony in a meeting with a Haaretz reporter.


    The IDF Spokesman's Office, for its part, says that "the IDF regrets the fact that a human rights organization would again present to the country and the world a report containing anonymous, generalized testimony without checking the details or their reliability, and without giving the IDF, as a matter of minimal fairness, the opportunity to check the matters and respond to them before publication."

    The soldier's allegations relate to IDF conduct during fighting in the eastern part of Gaza City. The soldier, a staff sergeant, says that in his unit and others, Palestinians were often sent into houses to determine if there was anyone inside.

    "The practice was not to call it 'the neighbor procedure.' Instead it was called 'Johnny,'" the soldier said, using IDF slang for Palestinian civilians. The IDF employed this practice extensively during the second intifada, before it was outlawed by the High Court of Justice in 2005.

    At every home, the soldier said, if there were armed occupants, the house was besieged, with the goal of getting the militants out of the building alive. The soldier said he was present at several such operations.

    In an incident his commanders told him about, three armed militants were in a house. Attack helicopters were brought in. "They ... again sent the [Palestinian] neighbor in. At first he said that nothing had happened [to the armed men]," the soldier said.

    "Again they brought in attack helicopters and fired. They again sent in the neighbor. He said there were two dead and one still alive. They then brought in a bulldozer and began to knock the house down on him until [the neighbor] entered." The soldier said he had been told that the only militant remaining alive was captured and turned over to the Shin Bet security service.

    The Golani soldier also testified that his commanders reported incidents in which Palestinians were given sledgehammers to break through walls to let the army enter through the side of houses. The army feared that the doors were booby-trapped.

    The soldier added, however, that although the unit commander justified the use of the so-called Johnny procedure, the commander said he was not aware that sledgehammers had been given to civilians or that weapons were pointed at civilians. The commander said the allegations would be looked into.

    The soldier said he had heard of other instances in which Palestinian civilians were used as human shields. One time, for example, a Palestinian was put at the front of an IDF force with a gun pointed at him from behind. But the soldier said he had not seen this himself.

    The IDF Spokesman's Office said in a statement that on initial consideration, a few of the allegations appear to be similar to allegations published several months ago after a lecture by officers to cadets at a pre-military academy.

    "Now, too," the spokesman said, "a considerable portion of the testimony is based on rumors and secondhand accounts. Most of the incidents relate to anonymous testimony lacking in identifying details, and accordingly it is not possible to check the allegations on an individual basis in a way that would enable an investigation, confirmation or refutation."

    The spokesman said the Breaking the Silence report suggests that the organization might not be interested in a reliable comprehensive examination of the allegations, "and to our regret this is not the first time the organization has taken this course of action. The IDF is obligated to examine every well-founded complaint it receives."

    The spokesman also noted that allegations by Breaking the Silence containing specifics would be investigated.

    "The IDF expects that every soldier and commander who suspects there was a witness to a violation of orders or procedures, and especially with respect to violations causing injury to noncombatants, will bring all of the details to the attention of authorized parties," the spokesman said.

    IDF soldier: We used Gazans as human shields : Indybay
     
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    Israeli soldiers in Gaza 'got license to kill'

    Updated on Wednesday, July 15, 2009, 21:56 IST

    Jerusalem: Israeli army gave its soldiers in the Gaza war the license to kill with the commanders issuing instructions to "shoot first and worry later", an activist group, made up of veteran troops, charged in a report on Wednesday.

    The testimony of 30 soldiers shows that the army's goal was to minimize its own casualties to ensure Israeli public support for the offensive and that they did not bother much on sorting out civilians from the combatants, Breaking the Silence (BTS), releasing print and video testimonies of soldiers, said in the report.

    "Better hit an innocent than hesitate to target an enemy," is the way an unidentified soldier presented his understanding of instructions repeated at pre-invasion briefings and during the 22-day operation in December-January.

    "If you're not sure, kill. Fire power was insane. We went in and the booms were just mad," another said adding, "The minute we got to our starting line, we simply began to fire at suspect places. In urban warfare, anyone is your enemy. No innocents."

    "We did not get instructions to shoot at anything that moved," says a third soldier, "but we were generally instructed: if you feel threatened, shoot. They kept repeating to us that this is war and in war opening fire is not restricted."

    The 112-page scathing report by the activist group includes testimonies of 30 soldiers "who served in all sectors of the operation".

    "The majority... are still serving in their regular military units and turned to us in deep distress at the moral deterioration of the IDF (Israel Defense Forces)," it says.

    Their testimonies bring into question the credibility of the official IDF versions, the BTS says.

    The army in its response said that on initial consideration, a few of the allegations appear to be similar to allegations published several months ago after a lecture by officers to cadets at a pre-military academy.

    "Now, too, a considerable portion of the testimony is based on rumors and secondhand accounts. Most of the incidents relate to anonymous testimony lacking in identifying details, and accordingly it is not possible to check the allegations on an individual basis in a way that would enable an investigation, confirmation or refutation," an army spokesman said.

    "The BTS report suggests that the organization might not be interested in a reliable comprehensive examination of the allegations, and to our regret this is not the first time the organization has taken this course of action. The IDF is obligated to examine every well-founded complaint it receives," he said.

    The army said that it would investigate the specific allegations leveled by the activist group.

    "The IDF expects that every soldier and commander who suspects there was a witness to a violation of orders or procedures, and especially with respect to violations causing injury to non-combatants, will bring all of the details to the attention of authorized parties," the spokesman said.

    Except for a sergeant named Amir, the soldiers are anonymous and their faces digitally blurred in the video testimonies.

    Israeli soldiers in Gaza war got license to kill, says report
     
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    Israeli DF: Criticism against IDF inappropriate

    2009-07-15 12:07:21 GMT2009-07-15 20:07:21 (Beijing Time) Xinhua English

    JERUSALEM, July 15 (Xinhua) -- Israel Defense Minister Ehud Barak said Wednesday that criticism on the operations of Israel Defense Force (IDF) was inappropriate, on response to a new released report accusing IDF of behaving without constraint in Gaza offensive.

    "Criticism directed at the IDF by one group or another is inappropriate, and misdirected," the Israeli daily Jerusalem Post quoted Barak as saying.

    "The IDF is one of the most ethical armies in the world, and acts according to the highest moral code," Barak said, "Any criticism of IDF operations should be directed to me, as the Israeli defense minister."

    The activist group Breaking the Silence revealed 54 testimonies of Israeli combat soldiers Wednesday, indicating that IDF soldiers acted immorally in the Operation Cast Lead half a year ago, including using Palestinians as human shields and shooting without seeing enemies.

    The Breaking the Silence's report is the latest in a series of reports critical of Israel's Gaza offensive.

    The Israeli army was claimed before of attacks at United Nations facilities, medical personnel and buildings, uninvolved civilians and civilian infrastructure and of the use of weaponry containing phosphorus during the 22-day military operation.

    But IDF said in April that internal probes found its troops did not violate international laws during the warfare in the Gaza Strip.

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    US ignored Israeli request to attack Iran during recent protests

    Saturday, August 08, 2009

    Jerusalem: The US ignored its close ally Israel's request for its nod to attack Iran's nuclear facilities during the peak of the opposition movement against Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's re-election.Kuwaiti newspaper al-Jarida quoted a US diplomatic source based in Jerusalem as saying that after the opposition riots broke out in Iran following June's Presidential Elections, Israel asked Obama administration to give green light to strike Tehran's nuclear facilities and other vital installations, news portal Ynetnews reported.

    Washington ignored the Israeli request that was reportedly sent by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with President Shimon Peres' signature on it as well.

    Israel was serious about its intentions to attack Iran and hit it hard, but the US' lack of response to the request left Israel frustrated and the operation was called off, the source said.

    The diplomatic source also reportedly said that the White House's decision to withdraw its recognition of Ahmadinejad's re-election came due to pressures from Israel and other moderate states.

    "We were under Israel and Arab pressure to take back our recognition of him", the source was quoted as saying.

    "There are moderate Arab countries that do not want us to recognise Ahmadinejad," he added. Meanwhile, a newly disclosed US Congressional document says that the State Department intelligence analysts continue to believe that Iran will be unable to produce weapons-grade uranium before 2013, the Washington Post reported yesterday.

    The assessment, made by the State Department's Bureau of Intelligence and Research, emphasised that its analysis was based on Iran's technical capability and was not an opinion about "when Iran might make any political decision" to produce the highly enriched uranium it needs to manufacture a bomb.

    Israel considers Tehran's nuclear programme an existential threat and many a times officials here have hinted at possible military strike to foil the Islamic Republics nuclear ambitions.

    Iran claims that its nuclear programme is for peaceful purposes.

    US ignored Israeli request to attack Iran during recent protests
     
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    Israeli Defence Forces and ISRAEL,S Military developments

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    Israeli firm makes UAVs for U.S.

    TEL AVIV, Israel, Aug. 26 (UPI) -- Israel-based Aeronautics Defense Systems will build two additional demonstrators for the unmanned version of the two-engine, propeller-driven Diamond DA42 for the U.S. market, according to Flight Global.

    The company's president, Avi Leumi, was quoted as saying that the decision followed a first string of test flights in July.

    "We will resume the test flights in September," Leumi said. But at the same time, he added, "we will prepare a marketing effort to potential customers, mainly in the USA."

    In July, the prototype of the Aeronautics Dominator-2 "Oz" unmanned air vehicle flew for the first time, according to Flight Global.

    The Israeli firm had converted the DA42 into a UAV powered by two Thielert diesel engines. It can be equipped with a variety of payloads.

    The Dominator-2 is built to carry a payload of 400 kilograms for 28 hours, with a line-of-sight range of 300 kilometers.

    Developed in less than a year by the Yavne-based Israeli firm, the Dominator is a light commercial aircraft converted into a strategic, multi-mission UAV.

    With a wingspan of 13.5 meters, it is designed to fly up to 190 knots per hour at altitudes of up to 30,000 feet.

    "We are very careful to work within the limitations of MTCR (the Missile Technology Control Regime)," said Itay Sherman, director for marketing and communications. "This way, the Dominator we are able to offer high performance on a proven, existing airframe to as many customers as a possible around the world."

    Sherman said the size, quality and endurance of the system "is designed from the outset to operate safely and in coordination with civil aviation authorities on a full spectrum of missions."

    He estimated that over the next decade, the Dominator could generate "sums of $1 billion and above."

    Leumi said the UAV was an important addition to the company's swelling portfolio of UAVs, which now span the spectrum of tactical support to long-endurance, strategic missions, according to Defense News.

    In recent weeks the company has also unveiled another non-flying prototype based on a commercial helicopter by Dynali SA Helicopters of Belgium. Called Picador, the prototype is aimed at the ground and maritime defense market, Sherman said.

    Israeli firm makes UAVs for U.S. - UPI.com
     
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    IDF developing battlefield robot snake

    A robot snake, capable of recording video and sound on the battlefield, is on the way to join the the IDF's hi-tech arsenal.

    According to a Channel 2 report - click here to watch the clip - the spying robot, which is about two meters long and covered in military camouflage, mimics the movements and appearance of real snakes, slithering around through caves, tunnels, cracks and buildings, while at the same time sending images and sound back to a soldier who controls the device through a laptop computer.

    Able to bend its joints so well that it can squeeze through very tight spaces, the new device will be used to find people buried under collapsed buildings. The snake is also able to arch its body, allowing it to see over obstacles through its head camera.

    Researchers studied the movements of live snakes in order to create the most natural and realistic robotic version.

    The snake's cost has yet to be determined, as it is still being developed; however, according to Channel 2, the IDF plans to provide combat units with these devices.

    Besides recording multimedia, the snake may also be used to carry explosives.

    The Defense Ministry, with experts from the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, based their intelligence-gathering robot on a previous project of Ben-Gurion University, which created a slew of robotic animals with special abilities.

    Eight months ago, researchers at Ben-Gurion University reported they had developed "robot snakes" capable of navigating through pipes and narrow openings.

    The Ben-Gurion report also detailed other robot animals, including, a cat that climbs walls using its claws, and a "dog-droid" that responds to the human movements.

    The idea of serpent-like robots is nothing new in the world of technology. Shigeo Hirose, a professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the Tokyo Institute of Technology, has been working on "serpent robots" since the 1970s.

    Hirose's ACM-R5 robot, which had the ability to glide through water, unlike the IDF version, debuted in the 2005 World Exposition in Aichi, Japan.
    Israeli military developing battlefield robot snake | Israel | Jerusalem Post

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    IAF testing new Black Hawk models

    IAF testing new Black Hawk models


    In an effort to upgrade its attack helicopter fleet, the Israel Air Force is conducting flight tests with a new version of the Black Hawk utility helicopter that has been equipped with offensive air-to-surface missile launchers.
    Israel has several dozen Black Hawk helicopters - called Yanshuf - which it began receiving in the 1990s. Made by Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, the helicopter was designed in the 1970s as a utility tactical transport aircraft for the United States Air Force.

    The helicopter can carry a squad of a dozen troops with equipment or alternatively carry over one ton of equipment.

    The US has a variant of the Black Hawk that is used for special operations and is equipped with Hellfire missiles, an automatic cannon as well as 70mm rockets.

    The arming of the Black Hawk is being done jointly by the IAF, Sikorsky and several local defense contractors. One of the helicopters has already successfully test-fired an air-to-surface missile. The helicopter has also been equipped with a rapid-fire cannon that sits under the aircraft's belly.

    The IAF, sources said, does not plan at this stage to equip all of its Black Hawk helicopters with offensive capabilities but is conducting the tests to see if the possibility exists should a decision to do so be made in the future.
    At the same time, the IAF is close to finalizing negotiations with Boeing to upgrade at least six additional Apache attack helicopters in an effort to bolster the air support the IAF is able to provide ground forces in future operations in Lebanon and the Gaza Strip.

    The plan is to upgrade several of its old "A" model Apache helicopters to the "D" model Longbow version with the above-rotor advanced radar system, which enables the helicopter to share targeting data with other Longbows.

    According to foreign reports, Israel has 37 "A" model Apaches and 11 Longbows.

    IAF plans are to establish a second squadron of Apache Longbows within the coming decade.

    Three Apache helicopters - including one Longbow - were lost during the Second Lebanon War. In one incident, two Apaches collided in midair. In the other case, the Longbow crashed due to a malfunction in the rotor.

    IAF testing new Black Hawk helicopters | Israel | Jerusalem Post
     
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    Following is a list of additional products displayed at the Latrun Conference:

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    A dual mode Laser/GPS Homing missile, the Nimrod 3 has a range of 10-50KM and can support various warheads for a wide range of targets. It also has a mobile launcher.

    • Laser/GPS guided 120 mm mortar
    With a minimum range of approximately 1KM and a maximum effective range of 15KM, the mortar has a shape trajectory for a steep attack angle and laser spot homing hit accuracy (CEP < 1m). It can be fired from standard 120 mm mortars.

    • Land Lord
    A command and control system combining detection and recognition sensors with various shooters in order to hold a tactical area of control, and to effectively engage hostile targets.

    • Micro UAV system for very short range – MOSQUITO
    The Mosquito has a takeoff weight of only 500 grams and a mission radius of 2KM. Its endurance is 40 minutes and is hand launched with a pinpoint landing. The Mosquito features electric propulsion and carries a color gimbaled camera payload.

    • New generation of Tactical UAV systems – IView 50
    The IView 50's takeoff weight is 70Kg and is has a mission radius of 50KM and can stay airborne for 6 hours. It carries a 10Kg payload of EO/IR/LRF and also has a catapult launch and parafoil pinpoint landing.

    • Strategic & Tactical Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) UAV System – Heron I
    The Heron I has a takeoff weight of 1250Kg, a mission radius of 300Km plus SATCOM, and an endurance of 20-40 hours. It can carry a multi-sensor payload (250Kg) and continues to operate successfully even under adverse weather. It also features automatic takeoff and landing (ATOL).

    • IPON/RNAV (Inertial, Position, and Navigation System)
    Ground navigation system for tanks, mobile mortars, and launchers.

    • ADNAV (Advanced Navigation System)
    Self-contained land navigation system for armored vehicles.

    • TINA (Turrent Inertial Assembly)
    A modern solid-state angular measurement unit specially designed for the high-shock and vibration environment.

    • TMAPS (Tamam Modular Azimuth Position System)
    Precise ground stabilization system for artillery and other uses.

    • MOSP-D (Multi-Mission Optronic Stabilized Payload)
    A multi-sensor highly-stabilized payload for observation and detection at long ranges. Designed for different platforms.

    • POP-D
    A day/night observation, surveillance, and targeting payload for medium ranges. Designed for different platforms.

    • MiniPOP-D
    A lightweight, day/night observation, surveillance, and targeting payload for medium ranges.
     
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    IDF Pursues New UGV

    Elbit Systems and Israel Aerospace Industries have disclosed a contract from the Israeli government to jointly develop a new unmanned ground vehicle.

    Development of the "Nahshon" will be undertaken by the ingeniously named G-NIUS UGV joint venture involving Israel’s two main defense contractors. The initial work on Nahshon is to be completed by 2011. The contractors are performing the development activity under leadership of the Israeli army and defense ministry’s MAFAT weapons and technology development administration.

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    The Nahshon is to have improved capability over the Guardium, also developed and built by the G-NIUS joint venture.

    The new version is to deliver improved autonomous operations and better navigation capability. It also is to handle a greater payload. The goal is to expand the system use to combat support, rather than just for security operations.

    The Guardium has been in operations with the IDF since 2008.

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    Israel-US JSF deal likely to be delayed

    A continued Pentagon refusal to integrate Israeli systems into the stealth Joint Strike Fighter will likely cause delays in the arrival of the advanced fighter jet to Israel, senior defense officials and IDF officers told The Jerusalem Post.


    In July, the Defense Ministry submitted an official letter of request to the Pentagon to purchase its first squadron of 25 F-35 stealth fighter jets, but officials said Tuesday that the target for a contract - the beginning of 2010 - would likely not be met.


    "The negotiations are still ongoing and we do not even know yet what the price of the aircraft will be," said a top officer involved in the negotiations. Estimates are that the plane will cost around $100 million.


    Also known as the F-35, the JSF will be one of the most-advanced fighter jets in the world and will enable Israel to phase out some of its older F-15 and F-16 models. The JSF is manufactured by Lockheed Martin.


    The first stage of the deal will be the purchase of 25 aircraft which will comprise the first Israeli F35 squadron. In a later stage, the IAF plans to purchase an additional 50 aircraft, some of them with vertical take-off and landing capabilities.


    In the negotiations with the Pentagon, Israeli demands have focused on three issues - the integration of Israeli-made electronic warfare systems into the plane, the integration of Israeli communication systems and the ability to independently maintain the plane in the event of a technical or structural problem.


    The British have made similar requests and according to a recent report in the Daily Telegraph is also seeking independent maintenance capabilities as well as access to some of the more classified technologies.


    The Israel Air Force had initially hoped to sign a letter of agreement in the coming months, but officials said that until the differences were resolved and a price was determined the contract would be postponed. If that happens, the arrival of the aircraft - initially slated for 2014 - will also be pushed off.


    "The plane is not yet operational and is not even in production," a senior defense official said. "The first military to get the plane will be the US, then the UK and then Israel."


    Commenting on the price, the official said that if the plane crossed the $100 million mark Israel would have to seriously reconsider how many aircraft it will purchase.

    ASIAN DEFENCE: Israel-US JSF deal likely to be delayed
     

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