Israel, US, UK Hold First Joint F-35 Exercise
26 June 2019
Exercise “Tri-Lightning” was a one-day defensive counter air exercise involving friendly and adversary aircraft from the three participating countries and consisted of active and passive air defense operations
F-35 stealth fighter jets from the United States, United Kingdom and Israel participated in a joint exercise over the eastern Mediterranean Sea on Tuesday.
The exercise took place during IAF week, marking 71 years since the establishment of the Israeli Air Force.
The drill, dubbed “Tri-Lightning,” was the first time in history that F-35 fighters from several air forces participated in a joint drill.
The exercise simulated survival scenarios and defense against varying threats from advanced aircraft, including the F-35 itself.
The IDF underscored that the exercise was pre-scheduled as part of the annual training graph and constitutes a unique opportunity for the joint training of the fifth-generation combat aircraft. Furthermore, the exercise enabled the cooperation between the air forces and the development of joint capabilities.
The Air Force maintains and continues to hold significant international training to strengthen future military cooperation, with an emphasis on advancing the F-35 capabilities, the IDF added.
IAF Chief of Air Staff Brig. Gen. Amnon Ein-Dar stated that the exercise was “the first international F-35 exercise, reflecting the close cooperation between the forces. International cooperation between Israel, the US and Britain reinforce common interests and new and exclusive capabilities in the Middle East.”
Israel to get Oshkosh's Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles
October 19, 2019
Oshkosh Defense has won a $159 million contract to supply Israel with family of medium tactical vehicles (FMTVs) and related support.
"Oshkosh Defense was awarded a $159 million Foreign Military Sales (Israel) contract for production of Israel modified variant of family of medium tactical vehicles (FMTVs), including initial parts provisioning and training support," the US Department of Defense said in a statement Friday.
Work is estimated to be completed by October 17, 2024.
Elbit Introduces New Vehicle-Launched Multirotor Micro-Drone
Elbit Systems has launched an autonomous multirotor Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) Unmanned Aerial System (UAS)
According to the company, the new micro-drone, called MAGNI, is designed to enhance the situational awareness capabilities of mobile forces significantly.
The lightweight (2.5kg) system can be deployed and launched in less than one minute from any combat vehicle, Elbit said. It includes a thermal payload, a communications suite (dual S-Band or LTE), an automatic coordinate tracking capability, as well as a built-in interface with Battle Management Systems (BMS).
MAGNI can carry payloads of up to 350g, has a range of up to 3km, a maximum operational altitude of 4000ft, and 30 minutes of endurance.
The new micro-drone enables vehicle-mounted forces at the squad, platoon, and company levels to gather beyond-the-hill visual intelligence during day and night, and seamlessly feed target information to command and control systems.
The Israeli Ministry of Defence (MoD) has placed an order for Rafael’s Spike FireFly loitering munition, which has been jointly developed by the company and the MoD.
Spike FireFly (called “Maoz” by the IDF) has been designed for combat in urban areas and can be deployed within seconds. It is portable, durable and uses a rugged airframe in order to withstand harsh environments.
Featuring a dual seeker, target tracker, homing algorithms, computer vision and a fuze with safety and arming mechanisms, as well as a ruggedised tablet-based human machine interface, Spike FireFly is suitable for operation by a single dismounted soldier.
Ran Gozali, executive VP and head of the Land & Naval Division at Rafael, said: ‘we believe the procurement of FireFly by the IDF will dramatically revolutionise the infantry doctrines in urban close combat, enabling precision engagement for the lower tactical echelons beyond line-of-sight.’
Each FireFly unit weighs 3kg and provides behind-cover precision attack capabilities.