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17 juillet 2014 4 17 /07 /juillet /2014 07:30
Défense: Un Contrat de 1,2 $ Milliard pour IAI (Israel Aerospace Industries)

 

15.07.2014 par Avner Myers – Israel Valley

 

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) est actuellement en pourparlers pour commercialiser des systèmes électroniques pour un montant de 1.2 milliard de dollars.

 

L’accord imminent, avec un client étranger dont l’identifié n’a pas été dévoilée, comprend la livraison de systèmes radar de pointe.

 

Ces informations ont été révélées par la société israélienne d’armement via un communiqué laconique adressé à la Bourse de Tel-Aviv. En cas de signature du contrat, l’accord portera pour une durée de 5 ans.

 

IAI a rendu public cette annonce peu de temps après celle révélant une prévision de trésorerie en déficit pour le deuxième trimestre 2014, causée principalement par un retard de paiement de dettes du ministère de la Défense. Le Ministère serait en effet débiteur d’une somme de 250 millions de dollars, contre 175 millions de dollars à la fin du premier trimestre. Cette situation expliquerait le déficit de trésorerie de IAI lors des deux derniers trimestres.

 

En conséquence, IAI envisagerait d’émettre de nouvelles obligations boursières dans le courant du mois de juillet afin de financer ses opérations en cours.

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20 mars 2014 4 20 /03 /mars /2014 13:35
photo Israel Aerospace Industries

photo Israel Aerospace Industries

 

18 Mar 2014 By: Arie Egozi– FG

 

The Indian air force is evaluating the purchase of additional Israel Aerospace Industries Harop loitering munitions, as deliveries continue under a previous order placed in 2012.

The ground-launched Harop has some of the same capabilities as a tactical unmanned air vehicle, and features a high performance electro-optical/infrared camera. Once airborne, the system searches for, detects and attacks time-critical land- or sea-based static or moving targets, with claimed "pinpoint accuracy". IAI says the weapon can be employed across a variety of scenarios, including low and high intensity conflicts, urban warfare and counter-terrorist operations.

Such activities are monitored by an operator in a mission control shelter, who can approve or abort an engagement in real time to avoid collateral damage. Strike activities can also be conducted using a second Harop simultaneously, with this unit providing a video-based battle damage assessment, before being used to perform a follow-on attack or returning to loitering mode.

"After launch the Harop knows to stay in the air for several hours at a time, and to do so at different altitudes, up to 10,000ft [3,050m]," Boaz Levy, general manager of IAI's Missile and Space Systems division says in an article about the Harop posted on the Israeli air force website. "The ability to change altitudes opens up the possibility of synchronising the time and direction to the target," he adds.

The Indian armed forces have used a previous version of the system, Harpy, for some years.

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18 février 2014 2 18 /02 /février /2014 12:30
 Israel Aerospace Industries dévoile son nouveau bateau drone

 

17.02.2014 actunautique.com

 

Le Katana se destine à des missions de sécurité du littoral. C'est à New Delhi, lors du salon Defexpo, qu'il a été dévoilé, qui porte le nom du sabre des samouraïs japonais pour mettre en avant sa vitesse, sa fiabilité et la létalité de son système (sic !).

 

Ce drone naval (véhicules marins de surface sans pilote ou USV), d'une douzaine de mètres de long, motorisé par deux Z-Drive, intègre un système de navigation autonome, notamment anti-collisions, des systèmes de caméras, optiques et infra-rouges, des radars, des systèmes de communication ainsi... que de l'armement ! Outre son rôle de drone, le KATANA peut être transformé en quelques minutes à peine, en un intercepteur pouvant accueillir 4 membres d'équipage.

 

Les missions auxquelles se destine le Katana consistent dans la protection des Zones d'Exclusivité Economiques (ZEE), des frontières maritimes, des plateformes de forage, des gazoducs offshore.

 

Il serait également particulièrement adapté à la sécurité portuaire et à la guerre électronique (l'espionnage), ainsi qu'au renseignement...

 

Il est à noter que la marine israélienne utilise déjà des bateaux drones dénommés Protector, fabriqués par la société Rafael.

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28 novembre 2013 4 28 /11 /novembre /2013 08:30
photo Israel Aerospace Industries

photo Israel Aerospace Industries

 

Nov. 26, 2013 defense-unmanned.com

(Source: Israel Aerospace Industries; issued Nov. 25, 2013)

 

Israel Aerospace Industries' Unmanned Aerial Systems Surpass One Million Operational Flight Hours - an Unprecedented Accomplishment

 

Israel Aerospace Industries' (IAI) Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) have accumulated over one million operational flight hours worldwide – an unprecedented accomplishment.

 

IAI will present its UAS and Unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGVs) at the AUS&R 2013 Expo of Autonomous, Unmanned Systems & Robotics, which will be held tomorrow, Tuesday November 26, 2013, in Reshon Lezion, Israel.

 

Regarding the AUS&R Expo, Joseph Weiss, IAI's president & CEO said: "IAI has long been a leading pioneer in the field of unmanned aerial systems. With over forty years of operational experience and fifty customers worldwide, I am proud to announce that IAI's unmanned aerial systems have accumulated over one million flight hours.

 

“The Heron UAS has been the leading system in its class in the international markets for over a decade and has been sold to 20 customers worldwide. Heron has accumulated over 200,000 operational flight hours with extensive use in combat in Afghanistan and in other hot spots around the world.

 

“As a result of the lessons learned from the Heron’s exceptional history and extensive experience, we continue to refine and upgrade the Heron and our UAS's design."

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13 juin 2013 4 13 /06 /juin /2013 11:30
Israeli air force to get Heron UAS mission trainer

10 Jun 2013 By:   Arie Egozi - FG

 

Tel Aviv - Israel Aerospace Industries is in the advanced development phase for an unmanned air system mission trainer (UMT) to be employed by the Israeli air force, an operator of its Heron system.

 

According to the company, the UMT will assist the service in meeting the growing demand for well-trained operational crews by providing training that complies with the increasing complexity and variety of UAS missions.

 

High-fidelity training and simulation features range from a basic internal pilot and operator training system to full mission crew and multi-team training, including accurate payload models for electro-optical/infrared, radar and signals intelligence sensors. The system uses an instructor operating system to support planning, briefing, debriefing and trainee progress monitoring, IAI says.

 

Shaul Shahar, general manager of the company's Malat division, says use of the UMT will reduce training costs and improve personnel operational skills.

 

IAI has already delivered various UMT versions to foreign customers, and can adapt its technology to support any type of UAV and payload.

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13 juin 2013 4 13 /06 /juin /2013 07:30
ELM-2022A Airborne Maritime Surveillance Radar

ELM-2022A Airborne Maritime Surveillance Radar

10 Jun 2013 By Arie Egozi - FG

 

Tel Aviv - Israel's Elta Systems has received contracts worth a combined $32 million to supply airborne maritime patrol radars to two foreign customers.

 

The Israel Aerospace Industries subsidiary says it has so far received orders to produce 250 ELM-2022 radars to customers in over 25 countries. The sensor is currently operated on platforms including the Airbus Military C295 and CN235, Bombardier Dash 8, Dornier 228 and Lockheed P-3 maritime patrol aircraft, Eurocopter AS365 Panther helicopter and a maritime surveillance-optimised version of IAI's Heron 1 unmanned air vehicle.

 

In its latest ELM-2022A(V)3 version, the radar can provide 360˚ tracking from an under-fuselage-, nose- or tail-mounted antenna. It can detect, track, classify and identify maritime and airborne targets in high sea states and high-density environments.

 

Elta says a synthetic aperture radar (SAR) mode provides high-resolution ground images for detailed examination of coastal structures such as piers, harbours, industrial installations or airfields. It also has an inverse SAR function for the identification of maritime targets.

 

Through a partnership with Exelis, the ELM-2022 has also been designated as the APY-11 for installation on the US Coast Guard's Lockheed Martin HC-130J long-range surveillance aircraft. Exelis was recently awarded a $6.5 million contract for additional sensors.

 

"As missions worldwide continue to grow, and become more demanding, we'll continue to adapt our radar to evolving operational requirements," says Elta president Nissim Hadas. The company is adding new modes, such as basic pollution detection and iceberg monitoring, as well as the advanced classification of threats.

 

Meanwhile, Elta has unveiled an integrated electronic support measures/electronic intelligence capability for its ELM-2060 all-weather synthetic aperture radar reconnaissance pod. The integration of the new equipment was achieved through advances in hardware miniaturisation, the company says.

 

The ELI-2060E pod can deliver radar imagery with an ELINT target overlay, allowing an operator to collect multi-intelligence data during a single flight.

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3 juin 2013 1 03 /06 /juin /2013 07:30
Elbit  Hermes 900 UAV – photo Elbit Systems

Elbit Hermes 900 UAV – photo Elbit Systems

TEL AVIV, Israel, April 26 (UPI)

 

Israel, which has the most advanced defense industry in the Middle East, is in the forefront of the rapidly expanding drone business that's changing the way wars will be fought for decades to come.

 

With state-owned Israel Aircraft Industries, Elbit Systems and Aeronautics Defense Systems developing new and more agile unmanned aerial vehicles, as well as ground and seaborne drones, the Jewish state seems well-placed to corner a big slice of a market valued at around $50 billion a year.

 

Indeed, Israel's widely considered to be the leading UAV exporter in the world, selling units and associated technology as far afield as India, Russia, Nigeria and Mexico.

 

The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute said Israeli companies were behind 41 percent of all UAVs exported in 2001-11. Those Israeli exports went to 24 countries, including the United States.

 

That volume's expected to expand as production costs are relatively low. Israeli industry officials boast that it's significantly cheaper to buy an advanced UAV than it is to train an air force pilot.

 

"In recent years, there have been more pilotless sorties than piloted ones in the Israeli air force," observed Ophir Shoham, an army reserve brigadier general who heads the Defense Ministry's Research and Development division known by the Hebrew acronym Mafat.

 

Shoham, who's had the job for three years, is responsible for the ministry's program to develop advanced technology for rockets, missile interception, satellites and unmanned systems.

 

"Within a few years there will be a number of operational missions of a known character that we will be able to carry out with a small number of unmanned devices," Shoham, the little-known "backroom boffin," told the Israeli daily Haaretz in a rare interview.

 

"That's the direction we're taking," he said. "Robots are not about to replace combat soldiers -- that's a bit far off -- but yes, we'll operate unmanned vehicles on the ground against highly dangerous targets.

 

"I refer to targets in enemy territory against which we can send such vehicles remotely, as a kind of forward guard -- vehicles that both observe and shoot. We will witness this in the foreseeable future."

 

Israel's military has long used UAVs for intelligence-gathering operations in the fight against Palestinian militants and the Iranian-backed Hezbollah in Lebanon.

 

The Israelis also pioneered the use of missile-armed drones to assassinate key militant leaders.

 

But it was the Americans who developed UAVs like General Atomic's MQ-1 Predator as killer drones in their war against al-Qaida since the attacks on the United States Sept. 11, 2001.

 

The first such assassination mission was in Yemen in November 2002.

 

Israel's pioneering work with UAVs dates back to 1970. The first major combat role for the UAVs, namely an early variant called the Scout, was in the June 1982 Israeli invasion of Lebanon.

 

The Israelis used Scouts from Israel's first UAV unit, Squadron 200, as decoys to lure Syrian surface-to-air missiles sites in Lebanon, thinking the UAVs were combat aircraft, to lock on their radar systems, exposing their positions.

 

Israeli warplanes knocked out all 19 batteries over a two-day period, during which Israeli fighters shot down 85 Syrian aircraft for no loss.

 

The Scout was built by Israel Aircraft Industries, IAI's original incarnation.

 

In addition to exports, Israeli defense firms set up subsidiaries in consumer countries "to target markets, rather than expand local manufacturing," Israel's Haaretz daily observed in 2009.

Orbiter_MUAV_2

Orbiter_MUAV_2

One example is the Aerostar and Orbiter 2M aerial drones being manufactured in Azerbaijan by Azad Systems Co., a joint venture between Israel's Aeronautics and the Azeri Defense Ministry.

 

Oil-rich Azerbaijan, which borders Iran, has become a key Israeli ally.

 

"There are three explanations for Israel's success in becoming a world leader in development and production of UAVs," a senior Israeli official told The Jerusalem Post.

 

"We have unbelievable people and innovation, combat experience that helps us understand what we need and immediate operational use since we're always in a conflict which allows us to perfect our systems."

 

Shoham gets the last word. Developing the UAV, he says, "was one of Israel's best investments.

 

"It led to the development of a tremendous technological infrastructure in the country. It's important to us to maintain our place in the forefront of world technology.

 

"This is the key to development in the coming generations as well."

Heron TP photo Israel Aerospace Industries

Heron TP photo Israel Aerospace Industries

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8 mai 2013 3 08 /05 /mai /2013 12:50
Maritime Heron UAV  photo Israel Aerospace Industries

Maritime Heron UAV photo Israel Aerospace Industries

2 May 2013 By Arie Egozi – FG

 

Tel Aviv - A European project intended to prove the feasibility of using satellite communications to enable unmanned air system operations in non-segregated airspace completed a 6h flight from San Javier air base in Spain on 24 April.

 

Performed using a maritime surveillance variant of the Israel Aerospace Industries Heron, the demonstration involved the beyond line of sight control of the air vehicle, with satellite communications maintained between an operator in its ground control station and air traffic controllers.

 

Funded by the European Defence Agency (EDA) and European Space Agency, the Desire programme test was conducted by an international consortium led by Spain's Indra, and also included AT-One, CIRA, SES ASTRA and Thales Alenia Space.

 

The Heron's satellite data link was engaged after take-off, while the aircraft was still in segregated airspace, before it entered class-C airspace at 20,000ft (6,100m) under the supervision of Spanish air navigation service provider Aena.

 

During the trial, a manned aircraft from the Spanish air force academy approached the UAS, simulating frontal and 90˚ collision trajectories. "The pilots of the two aircraft followed the separation instructions issued by the air traffic controllers, demonstrating the safe operation of remotely-piloted aircraft, even in an emergency situation," the EDA, ESA and Indra say in a joint statement.

 

Land and maritime surveillance information was also relayed to the ground control station during the mission.

 

"All the information collected in these tests will be analysed and compared with the safety requirements being established by the European Aviation Safety Agency and the operational requirements being set by Eurocontrol," the programme partners say.

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25 avril 2013 4 25 /04 /avril /2013 07:30
IAI to produce F-35 wings

 

TEL AVIV, Israel, April 24 (UPI)

 

Wings for Lockheed Martin's F-35 joint strike fighter are to be supplied by Israel Aerospace Industries under a contract with a potential value of $2.5 billion.

 

IAI said the length of the contract is 10-15 years. Initial deliveries of wings will begin in 2015.

 

"This agreement represents an important milestone for IAI and ensures its involvement in the world's most advanced fighter aircraft," said Joseph Weiss, president and chief executive officer of IAI. "I welcome the strengthening relationship with Lockheed Martin, a leading manufacturer of aircraft."

 

Lockheed Martin and IAI recently started construction of a production line for F-35 JSF Lightning II wings following IAI's investment in required technologies and systems. The company produces wings for Lockheed's F-16s and T-38s used by the U.S. Air Force.

 

IAI is Israel's largest aerospace and defense company. It has headquarters at Tel Aviv's David Ben Gurion International Airport.

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