From Aviation Week and Space Technology 2006 August


The fighting in Lebanon is already triggering debate in Israel about the division of missions between its air force and army. The combat also revealed classified technology that Tel Aviv kept under wraps prior to the simultaneous conflicts with Hamas in Gaza and Hezbollah in Lebanon.

Analysis of the conflict is being rushed because many believe the United Nations cease-fire will not last long. Both U.S. and Israeli military officials doubt that U.N. or Lebanese troops can disarm Hezbollah; this means a continuation of the fighting is inevitable.

"The cease-fire is not in Israel's interest," a Pentagon official says. "Hezbollah will use it to rearm and redeploy."

"I absolutely agree," says a retired Israeli air force general. "They are preparing for the second round of fighting, which will start soon."

Hezbollah officials were saying last week, within days of the cease-fire, that they would not withdraw or disarm without extended negotiations with the Lebanese government--of which, they contend, their organization is a part. That stance indicates Hezbollah will try to shed its title of a "state within a state" and will present its militant wing as a legitimate Lebanese military force. It would justify retaining its arms as the only way to protect southern Lebanon from Israel, since the country's regular military is too weak to do so. The U.N. force being assembled to police the area will not be authorized to disarm Hezbollah.

Read Full Article at
View Table of Contents
© 2018 McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. (The)

Products & Services
Parachutes are devices utilized to decelerate or stabilize objects, people, or vehicles in their travel through an atmosphere. They are most commonly constructed of high-strength fabric. These lightweight and low-volume instruments develop a large surface area and significant drag upon deployment.
Industrial Greases
Industrial greases are thickened gels that consist of natural, synthetic, or semi-synthetic substances. They do not run off surfaces and are used in a variety of lubrication, sealing, and exclusion applications.
Constant Force Springs
Constant force springs are a variety of extension spring. A strip of steel with a preset curvature is coiled tightly so that each turn of the strip rests on its inner neighbor. The spring is actuated in a pulling, liner motion with the deflection resistance originating from the material's stiffness and spring construction. Unlike other extension springs, a consistent degree of force is exerted despite the degree of deflection.
Cable Glands
Cable glands are bulkhead modules that allow barrier penetration while providing sealing protection. They are commonly known as sealing glands or strain reliefs and have the ability to seal around one or multiple wires, cables or probes. They are available in plastic and metal configurations.
Hydraulic Oils and Transmission Fluids
Hydraulic oils and transmission fluids are used to transmit power in hydraulic equipment and power transmission applications.

Product Announcements
Daco Hand Controllers - Helicopter winchman's hover controller
Flight approved, night vision goggle compatible hand controller for use in harsh environments. Single level of redundancy. JUST ONE EXAMPLE OF DACO'S EXPERTISE IN CONTROLLERS FOR THE MOST DEMANDING... (read more)
Daco Hand Controllers - Rugged Joysticks Controllers Transport & Defense
From economical standard control grips to tailored joysticks for military equipment, Daco Scientific has the expertise to assist with your project. We offer a range of options that you can use to... (read more)
Norplex-Micarta - Military Ballistic Protection
To meet the Military's growing requirement for ballistic protection, Norplex-Micarta has developed ShotBlocker®, a specialty line of high performance thermoset composite sheets, pre-pregs, and molded... (read more)
Stock Drive Products & Sterling Instrument - SDP/SI - Precision Gears/Assemblies for Military & Defense
SDP/SI specializes in high precision gears and assemblies for the military and defense markets. Our magnetic clutches are utilized in Bradley Fighting Vehicles and our intricate gear assemblies are... (read more)
Stafford Manufacturing Corp. - Large Bore Components for Heavy-Duty Vehicles
Stafford Large Bore Shaft Components include 1-piece and 2-piece shaft collars in sizes up to 14” I.D. and varying O.D.’s, rigid couplings with bores to 6” and lengths to 16”... (read more)
General Plastics Manufacturing Co. - Aerospace Foam
Used in conjunction with other materials, FR-3800 FST foam core helps improve aesthetics and reduces costs while meeting fire safety requirements. In most cases, these requirements apply to ceiling... (read more)
General Plastics Manufacturing Co. - AEROSPACE & MILITARY GRADE FOAM
FR-6700 Aerospace Grade is a CFC-free, rigid, closed-cell, flame-retardant polyurethane foam available in densities ranging from 10 to 25 pounds per cubic foot. It exhibits a high strength-to-weight... (read more)
General Plastics Manufacturing Co. - Absorption Foam
These flame-retardant, durable, self-skinning foams (also referred to as integral-skin foams) are used extensively in aircraft flight decks and cabin applications... (read more)
General Plastics Manufacturing Co. - From Air Force One to Missile Systems
From Air Force One to Missile Systems, We Shape Ideas into Flyaway Aerospace and Defense Solutions... (read more)
Venture Mfg. Co. -  Linear Actuators in Military and Defense Applications
Role Of Linear Actuators in Military and Defense Applications Military applications and various systems used for defense purposes require hard-wearing performance capacity. These systems need to face... (read more)

Topics of Interest

DOUBT AS A WEAPON Hezbollah is incapable of penetrating and exploiting the Israeli army's tactical radio systems as it claimed it did during the recent fighting in Lebanon, say senior U.S. electronics...

THE IRANIAN CONNECTION The Iranian government has a cadre of "hundreds" of technical advisers in Lebanon that trained, and continue to support, Hezbollah forces in the use of sophisticated anti-ship...

Iran has "hundreds" of technical advisors in Lebanon that have trained -- and continue to support -- Hezbollah forces in the use of sophisticated anti-ship and anti-tank missiles and unmanned aerial...

HARSH TRAJECTORIES Israel's ability to sustain prolonged around-the-clock air combat operations is partially due to fielding of sophisticated sensors. But the technology advance has not enabled the...

BUSTING THE BOMB The fighting in southern Lebanon revealed Iran's willingness to supply sophisticated weaponry to Hezbollah, and one of its ships was intercepted trying to do just that for Hamas in...