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Israel Concludes Multinational Blue Flag Drill

Hundreds of air warriors and technicians from Israel, the US, Greece and Poland concluded here Thursday a two-week drill designed to hone the type of joint planning, targeting and coordinated command-and-control demanded by coalitions operating in complex Mideast theaters. Blue Flag 2015 was the second and by far most extensive biannual drill hosted by the […]


Raytheon Awarded $227 Million to Produce AIM-9X Block II Missiles for the U.S., Israel, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Others

Raytheon Missile Systems, Tucson, Arizona, is being awarded a $227,047,688 modification to a previously awarded fixed-price-incentive-firm contract (N00019-15-C-0092) for procurement of 447 AIM-9X Block II all up round tactical full-rate production Lot 15 missiles for the Navy (102), Air Force (243), and the governments of Japan (9), Korea (76), Romania (12), and Israel (5).  In […]


State Department Approves $1.9 Billion Sale of Precision Guided Weapons to Israel

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Israel for Joint Direct Attack Munition Tail Kits, munitions, and associated equipment, parts and logistical support for an estimated cost of $1.879 billion. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on May 18, […]


Israeli F-16I Pilots Use Greece’s S-300 SAMs to Prepare for Potential Iran Air Strikes

The Israeli Air Force has used INIOXOS-2015, one the largest annual exercise of the Hellenic Air Force, to prepare for a potential situation where it will have to attack Iranian nuclear facilities by performing missions against the S-300PMU-1 surface-to-air missile system, stationed in Crete, according to Flightglobal. Russia has recently lifted the ban on sale […]


Elbit Begins Year With Twin Israeli PFI Wins

Elbit Systems began the year with US $190 million in long-term business from two new private financing initiative (PFI) outsourcing deals with Israel’s Ministry of Defense. The first, announced Sunday, is an 11-year contract to maintain front-line fighter avionics systems on behalf of the Israel Air Force (IAF). Under the estimated $90 million award, the […]


Israeli Lavi Trainer Squadron Nears Readiness

An Israeli air force squadron equipped with Alenia Aermacchi M-346 “Lavi” advanced jet trainers is close to being declared operational, having already received nine aircraft from an eventual 30-strong fleet. Israel’s first M-346 landed at Hazerim air base in the south of the country last July, and deliveries are continuing on schedule. Being introduced as […]


Boeing Awarded $83 Million to Provide JDAM Kits to the Israeli Air Force

The Boeing Co., doing business as Boeing Defense, Space and Security, St. Louis, Missouri, has been awarded a not-to-exceed firm-fixed-price $82,591,000 modification (02) to delivery order 0001 on previously awarded contract FA8213-15-D-0002 for Joint Direct Attack Munition tail kits. Modification is to purchase 3000 JDAM tail kits that have the ultra-tightly coupled capability for the […]


Israeli Air Support Gets Closer

A combination of precision-guided munitions and integrated command-and-control (C2) allowed the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) to carry out airstrikes that were unprecedentedly close to ground forces during the recent Operation ‘Protective Edge’ against militants in the Gaza Strip. Major A (full name withheld), a deputy commander of an Israeli Air Force (IAF) fighter squadron, said […]


The Mideast’s Precision Guided Arms Race

Precision guided munitions (PGMs) encompass a growing range of bombs and missiles designed to destroy targets on land, at sea, or in the air. While platforms like fighters, armored vehicles, and warships often receive more attention, their lethality is almost negligible if not bolstered by advanced munitions. With minor updates, today’s PGMs allow even older […]


Tracker: Israeli Strikes in Syria

As the Syrian Civil War rages, Israel has conducted a number of sporadic strikes inside the war-torn country.  These strikes are to enforce Israel’s so-called “red line” in Syria, which includes transfers of sophisticated weapon systems to Hezbollah in Lebanon and threats along its border. View the full screen map here.


Is Israel About to Lose Its Edge in the Air?

In a September 2 letter to Congress, Secretary of State John Kerry insisted that Washington would ensure Israel’s Qualitative Military Edge (QME) in the wake of the Iran nuclear deal. The letter highlighted items the Obama administration has provided Israel, including the delivery of Jerusalem’s first F-35 stealth fighters slated for next year. But expectations […]