ביום הראשון לשנה החדשה התעוררנו עם שתי רקטות שנורו לים, אל מול מרכז הארץ, הנימוק: תקלה, מזג אויר, ותרוצים אחרים. ישראל המתינה עם התגובה עד צאת השבת, וגם אז התגובה היתה רפה, ומשדרת לחמאס שאפשר להמשיך עם הסידור הזה כל עוד ישראל תוכל להמשיך ולהמשיך באחיזת העינים במשחק הפוליטי ומשקט יחסי. האמנם?
Israel requests Washington for urgent delivery of two KC-46A aerial tankers, to bolster its capability of operations at long ranges. While the IAF already has several aerial tankers based on the Boeing 707, they are too old and inefficient to support a full-scale operational campaign of the size and complexity the IAF requires. This episode discusses the options Israel has to support this capability
What would happen to Iraq as US forces complete their withdrawal from the country? Will Shi'ite-oriented Baghdad be able to control the country's Sunni-dominated regions? What will be the role of Iran and how this will affect the region? Our podcast provides some room for thoughts and poses questions.
Gathering in Vienna to discuss a renewed agreement, all sides seem to ignore the facts. Iran is galloping to achieve the nuclear threshold. Unless a credible threat is put on the table, continued sanctions will only slow the process. Israel should not be left alone to deal with what seems to be the most serious threat to the stability of the region, and an existential threat to the Jewish state.
As Task Force 59 is set to establish an operating base in Akaba, Jordan, the US Navy will improve its maritime domain awareness of the Red Sea, by operating autonomous Saildrone boats that will monitor this strategic waterway that has recently faced increasing tension, particularly at its southern part, where Iranian-backed Houthis are fighting the Saudis backing the Yemeni regime.
The selection of a team including Babcock, QinetiQ, and Elbit Systems UK emphasizes the value of pulling advanced technologies, know-how, and capabilities, in winning complex programs such as the Maritime Electronic Warfare System Integrated Capability (MEWSIC).
Changes in the American Foreign Military Financing (FMF) aid to Israel are driving Israeli defense companies to move production lines to the USA, to drive US-funded defense procurements worth billions of dollars. In the past Israel could convert part of this aid to local currency, to buy part of the products locally, but the new agreement has closed this gap, restricting FMF sales exclusively to US-based companies. Israel's defense companies need to adjust and they do it en masse.
A drone attack that took place at 02:15 at night yesterday was aimed at the residence of Iraqi Prime Minister Khadimi at the heart of Baghdad's highly protected "Green Zone". Six security personnel from the government security unit were injured but Khadimi was not hurt. This attack is part of a trend of exploiting drones to carry out strategic attacks. Some of the most impressive and devastating took place in Venezuela and Yemen.
The TROPHY Active Protection System has recently completed a successful test series demonstrating its effectiveness in protecting German Leopard 2A7 tanks. The systems will soon equip the first tank company in the German Army. In this podcast, we provide some background on this exciting system.
Iran is intensifying drone attacks in the region, directed against rival forces including the US, Saudi, and Emiratis as well as at civilian ships in the Gulf. Most targets are still unprotected and suffer significant damage and sometimes casualties under such attacks. Aware of the risk of UAS and loitering weapons for many years, Israel has developed effective countermeasures which are now being considered by its allies in the region.
The US Army is deploying one of the new Iron Dome batteries to Guam, to be tested as part of the Island's defense against cruise missiles. This deployment is far away from the hot spots in Syria and Iraq, where US forces suffer repeated attacks and could use Iron Dome's combat-proven capabilities to defeat missiles and drone attacks.
New Armored Fighting Vehicles (AFV) are equipped with turrets that not only mount the main weapon systems but add many new features, including optronics, battle management, active protection, guided missiles, and drones. Our podcast discusses the trends and future of such systems.
Israel's Project Carmel has entered the second phase of development last week, with the selection of Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) as the lead industry to develop, integrate and demonstrate the next-generation combat vehicle and its advanced autonomy capabilities.
Following the Iranian effort to equip their proxy groups with loitering weapons, Israel is spending great efforts to deny the supply of such weapons to terror groups operating close to its borders. According to the foreign press, Israel has repeatedly attacked Iranian facilities in T4 in eastern Syria, where Iran has set up assembly and training activities, for operators of such weapons.
Israel wants to buy more F-15s from the latest generation (F-15EX) to augment its air force, which currently centers around the F-35I. In this first edition of Debrief, defense analysts Arie Egozi and Tamir Eshel discuss this new development.