The Israeli navy will continue to rely on a mix of manned and unmanned systems for maritime patrol missions .
Two years ago the Israeli air force, together with the navy, decided to prolong the service life of their jointly-operated Israel Aerospace Industries Westwind 1124 maritime patrol aircraft. The business jet-based type is equipped with advanced sensors, mostly produced by IAI’s Elta Systems subsidiary, including a maritime search radar.
Recently, the services decided to extend the Westwind’s use further, by performing fuselage and wing treatment work and upgrading its sensors. […]