News Article | November 10, 2016
NETANYA, Israel, Nov. 10, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- RADA Electronic Industries Ltd. (Nasdaq:RADA) reported today that its Board of Directors has accepted the decision of Mr. Zvi Alon, RADA’s CEO, to step-down and leave the Company following 17 years of service, including 10 years as its CEO, since July 2007. Mr. Dov Sella, the Company’s current Chief Business Development Officer will be replacing Mr. Alon, effective immediately. Mr. Sella joined RADA in January 2003 and has served as COO since April 2003 until July 2007, at which point he was appointed the Company’s Chief Business Development Officer. Prior to RADA, between 1982 and 1997, Mr. Sella worked at Israel’s largest publicly traded defense company, Elbit Systems Ltd., where he served in a number of managerial roles including Director of Programs, Director of Avionic Engineering and Director of Business Development. Between 1997 and 2000, he served as VP of Business Development and VP of R&D of a medical devices start-up, UltraGuide Ltd. The three years prior to joining RADA, Mr. Sella was the president of NeuroVision Inc., a medical technology start-up. Mr. Sella has a B.Sc. degree (cum laude) in Computer Engineering from the Haifa Technion (The Israeli Institute of Technology). He also served as a fighter aircraft navigator in the Israeli Air Force. Mr. Yossi Ben Shalom, RADA’s Chairman of the Board, stated: "Zvika served RADA for 17 years, and became an integral part of the development and growth of the Company. During the past year, Zvika led the Company’s evolution from its traditional avionics business towards the future tactical radar systems. Zvika also led the Company’s fund raising efforts during the past two years that solved its financial crisis. We thank Zvika for his outstanding loyalty, efforts and contribution, and I would like to join the rest of the Board in wishing him the best of success in his new endeavors. He will always remain a cherished part of the RADA family." Mr. Alon commented, “My 17 years with RADA, including the past 10 as CEO, was a highly rewarding period for me, overcoming many challenges and ultimately turning RADA around, setting it up for the future growth and prosperity. The time has come to hand over the reins and I wish Mr. Sella the best of luck and success in his new role. I shall always have a warm spot in my heart for RADA and wish the Company well for the future.”
News Article | October 31, 2015
RIDGECREST, CA--(Marketwired - October 31, 2015) - Ridgecrest dentist Dr. Josef Mamaliger is reminding patients to schedule their second biannual dental visit before the end of the year. Dr. Mamaliger said the end of the year is typically the busiest time of the year for his dental office, The Dentist House. With the holidays quickly approaching, Dr. Mamaliger is advising patients to schedule their visits as soon as possible to make sure they can be seen before Dec. 31. "Not many of us are considering the end of the year in October, but in a dental office, this is our busiest time," Dr. Mamaliger said. "Planning ahead gives us time to get everyone in, with a comfortable amount of time to finish their work. When we start approaching the holidays, our days get filled up and our patients' free time starts to get smaller and smaller." Many patients with dental insurance have an annual allocation that does not carry over to the next year. Dr. Mamaliger said patients with remaining insurance money may have untreated dental issues. Dr. Mamaliger sends out end-of-the-year letters to better inform patients who need to have dental treatment completed before the first of the year. The Dentist House also will be giving away a flat-screen TV as part of a patient drawing. "We want to inform patients who have outstanding dental issues so they can use their insurance benefits by the end of the year," Dr. Mamaliger said. "I hate to see patients lose their dental insurance dollars after having paid into the plan for the whole year." Dr. Mamaliger offers crowns, bridges, teeth-whitening treatments, prepless veneers and durable dental implants. Dental implants are used to replace individual missing teeth or to replace entire arches of teeth. Dental implants give patients about 90 percent of the chewing force they had with their natural teeth. Dr. Mamaliger uses dental implants to replace individual missing teeth or stabilize dentures. Dental implants have become popular options for patients with removable dentures because the implants stabilize oral devices and prevent any future jawbone deterioration. In addition to life-changing implant dentistry, Dr. Mamaliger provides prepless veneers that can transform a patient's smile instantly. No-prep veneers are unique because they do not require any drilling or removal of tooth enamel. To place the veneers, Dr. Mamaliger simply bonds the composite veneer over the tooth without any discomfort to the patient. Dr. Mamaliger was born in Russia and immigrated to Israel as a child. He earned his dental degree in Israel and then served in the Israeli Air Force for five years. Dr. Mamaliger trained with some of the best specialists in Israel before moving to the United States, where he completed his boards in 1990. He started his Ridgecrest dental office in 2007. The Dentist House uses the latest technology like a CT cone beam scanner to diagnose and treat its patients, from preventive dentistry to planning dental implants and diagnosing sleep apnea. Dr. Mamaliger offers a five-year warranty on all of his work. To learn more about Dr. Mamaliger's cosmetic dentistry or implant dentistry, visit the doctor's website at www.thedentisthouse.com or call 760-657-4049.
News Article | May 7, 2013
Israel may have attacked targets in Syria — and risked a wider war — to stop ballistic missiles from falling into the hands of Islamic extremists. But current and former Israeli missile defense officials insist that if Hezbollah militants ever got the Fateh-110 weapons, Israel could shoot the missiles out of the sky. “We are now able to cope with all the missiles that are threatening Israel right now, including the longer-range missiles in Iran and in Syria,” Arieh Herzog, the former director of the Israel Missile Defense Organization, tells Danger Room. Unless, of course, the extremists fired off a whole lot of the weapons at once. Israel’s missile defense calculus and the decisions it makes based on that calculus have repercussions far beyond its own borders. The more vulnerable Jerusalem feels to indirect fire, the more likely the Israeli military is to hit missile stockpiles in places like Syria, as they reportedly did over the weekend. And the more that happens, the higher the chances that the already gruesome Syrian civil war escalates into a region-wide — or even global — conflict. (Already, President Obama under intense pressure to intervene more directly in the conflict.) Israel’s Iron Dome interceptor system kept hundreds of crude, unguided rockets from hitting Israeli towns during 2012’s mini-war with Hamas. After the weekend’s airstrikes on Syria — attacks that the Syrian regime vowed to avenge — the Israel moved a pair of Iron Dome batteries to its north, in order to counter the low-tech threat. But Iron Dome would be useless against the 27 foot-long, Iranian-made Fateh-110s, which can come crashing down on a targets hundreds of miles away at three and a half times the speed of sound. The missiles give Hezbollah the ability to blast Tel Aviv and nearly every other major Israeli city. Oh, and they might be capable of carrying chemical warheads, too. Right now, Israel’s missile defenders say they can counter the Fateh-110s, thanks to a different interceptor system called the Arrow-2. But that defense, like any defense, is imperfect. (“Rockets and missiles will hit us,” says Col. Tzvika Haimovitz, who commands the Israeli Air Force’s active missile defense wing. “My job is to minimize this number, to minimize the damage.”) And unlike the Iron Dome, the Arrow-2 has never been tested in combat. The Arrow has been in the works since the Missile Command era, when Washington and Jerusalem agreed to co-develop the interceptors as part of the Reagan administration’s “Star Wars” push. Saddam Hussein’s Scud missile attacks during the first Gulf War only heightened the need for some sort of protection. The first Arrow battery went operational at the turn of the millennium, and was designed to stop Scuds in the final few seconds before they strike. But it wasn’t until a series of tests in the mid-2000s in California that upgraded Arrow-2s began to show that they might be able to handle the job, working with Green Pine phased array radars to find and detonate against a real Scud-B missile flying in from nearly 190 miles away. Further improvements followed: a better ability to discriminate real weapons from fakes; an upgraded “Super Green Pine” radar; a single, nationwide system for controlling all of the country’s Arrows; integration with Iron Dome and with the country’s batteries of Patriot-3 anti-missiles. Today, the system can handle a weapon like the Fateh-110, Herzog says: “Basically, its range and typical trajectory is quite similar to the Scud B. The trajectory is similar, the size is similar, the warhead size is similar. Therefore you can imagine that the system designed to stop the Scud-B could be able to intercept it.” Which begs the question: Why chance a broader war in order to stop the weapons? After the airstrikes, Syria’s cabinet declared that it had a duty “to defend its people by all available means,” and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon expressed his “grave concern” over the attacks. “Israel’s alleged airstrikes in the Damascus region play nicely into the hands of Assad and the Syrian regime,” Haifa University professor Kais Firro tells Al Monitor, because the Assad regime can now label the rebels as tools of the Jewish State. “In fact, they’re celebrating. It’s exactly what they needed.” But the worry in Israel is that too many simultaneous attacks — especially simultaneous attacks from different directions — will overwhelm the Arrow-2. “It’s quite easy to stop a single point of threat. Unfortunately, the battlefield situation is more complicated,” Haimovitz tells Danger Room. And a single Fateh-110 getting through could have devastating consequences if it hits a major city. It’s one of the reasons why in its 2006 invasion of Lebanon, the Israeli military immediately targeted Hezbollah’s missile and rocket launchers, destroying 59 in the first 34 minutes of the war. “Basically the Fateh 110 is a long-range, guided, accurate rocket with a big warhead. Therefore it’s a much more important rocket than the others Hezbollah has. Being accurate, they need to have a much smaller amount of rockets fired against a single target,” Herzog says. “Of course, there is a defense and we can intercept them,” he adds. “But always interception is limited and there are always chances that the other side will be successful and penetrate the defenses. If they’re accurate, it’s much more problematic than an [unguided] type of rocket.” And while Arrow-2’s test record is broadly successful, there have been glitches along the way, like the 2009 drill that was aborted when a Super Green Pine radar couldn’t transfer targeting information to an older model. A separate system, dubbed Arrow 3, is designed to serve as a kind of a back-up to — and improvement on — the current interceptors. It aims to hit a ballistic missile far earlier in its flight, while it’s still flying through space. An initial stage is designed to to take the anti-missile past the atmosphere, and then a second stage interceptor maneuvers to crash into the target. The first “exo-atmospheric” test of the Arrow 3 was held in February, and was promptly proclaimed a success. The U.S. has already invested nearly $250 million in the new system — part of an estimated $1 billion sunk by Washington into the overall Arrow project. Israel is expected to ask for another $680 million for additional Arrow-3 batteries in advance of an initial deployment that’s set for 2016. And even then, Israel is unlikely to stop the airstrikes if it sees another missile shipment it can hit.
News Article | November 10, 2011
Why listen to talking heads babble about bombing Iran when you can bomb it yourself? Or at least you can by playing a board game, as I did when I played Persian Incursion, in which you play out a hypothetical Israeli air offensive to destroy Iran’s nuclear weapons program. With the International Atomic Energy Agency claiming that Iran has continued its atomic weapons research, and Israel practically putting up billboards that say “we’re gonna bomb them before they bomb us,” this game may become reality. For a description of how Persian Incursion works, see my piece at ForeignPolicy.com. And let me add a couple of caveats. First, yes, someone actually designed a board game on Israel bombing Iran. Second, a wargame on a war that hasn’t yet happened will be riddled with assumptions that may or may not be right. But the co-designer of Persian Incursion is technothriller writer Larry Bond, who has co-authored books with Tom Clancy (Clancy apparently used one of Bond’s naval wargames to write The Hunt for Red October). Whether you like technothrillers or not, Bond is no slouch when it comes to projecting the shape of modern warfare, and he did a stunning amount of research for Persian Incursion. So with that in mind, here are six lessons that I learned from Persian Incursion: 1. Bombing Iran is complicated. There’s a lot of prep work that needs to done. Persian Incursion assumes that an Israeli air campaign is only feasible if one of Iran’s neighbors — Saudi Arabia, Turkey or Iraq — overtly or covertly agrees to Israeli passage through its airspace. 2. Iran can’t do jack about being bombed. The Persians in Persian Incursion have a snowball’s chance in hell of militarily stopping the Israeli onslaught. The Iranian player has to roll dice every turn just to see if his maintenance-starved air force can even get off the ground, while Israeli jammers and decoys keep things hopping for Iranian radars and anti-aircraft missiles. But Iran doesn’t have to shoot down every plane to win. Parading a dozen captured Israeli pilots before the cameras would be a political victory. 3. Israel can’t do jack about Iranian retaliation. The Israeli Air Force is going to be too busy bombing nuclear sites to go after Iranian missiles. The game assumes that Israel’s Arrow anti-missiles will knock down some Iranian rockets (I’m not so sure, given the less-than-sterling record of ballistic missile defense). But regardless, some Iranian weapons will get through. Israel has military superiority, but not invulnerability. 4. Iran’s nuclear hydra has many heads. Persian Incursion‘s target folder lists dozens of Iranian nuclear facilities (along with their exact dimensions and defenses — the game is a reference library in a box). Some of them are hardened against all but the biggest bunker-busters. I don’t know how many would have to be destroyed to ruin Iran’s nuclear program, but the Israelis will have spread their limited resources over many targets. 5. Israel can’t do it all in one shot. Unlike the 1981 raid on Iraq’s Osirak reactor, Israel can’t pull this off in a single raid. Persian Incursion assumes Israel will need to conduct a one-week air campaign. Besides the diplomatic ramifications of a sustained assault, combat losses and maintenance downtime means the Israeli effort will only weaken over time. 6. Planning an air offensive is hard work. I have a lot of respect for U.S. Air Force planners after seeing what the Israeli player has to go through in Persian Incursion. Juggling the right mix of ordnance versus fuel tanks, and then calculating the right mix of bunker-busters versus air-to-air and anti-radar defensive missiles, is a brain teaser.
News Article | July 25, 2014
After a rocket fired by Hamas landed a mile from Tel Aviv’s Ben-Gurion International Airport on Tuesday morning, airlines in the U.S. and Europe suspended flights to Israel, saying it was too dangerous. The next day, Israel’s Civil Aviation authorities sent a memo to international airline regulators and airlines, making the case that Ben-Gurion is well-defended and that travel is safe. Addressed to “All international aviation regulating bodies and foreign air carriers operating to Israel,” the memo (PDF) was signed by Giora Romm, director general of the Civil Aviation Authority and a former pilot and officer in the Israeli Air Force. It was provided to Bloomberg Businessweek on Friday by an Israel-based employee of an international airline, who asked not to be identified because he was not authorized to release it. Romm did not respond an e-mail late in Israel’s day, and the CAA did not answer the phone. In the memo, Romm wrote: The Iron dome launch batteries covering Ben-Gurion Airport operate under a specific set of procedures which I cannot go into in detail due to security reasons. I would like to note, however, that out of over 2,250 rockets fired from Gaza into Israeli territory (a portion of which have been directed at Israel’s center), not a single one has landed in Ben-Gurion Airport. Israel’s ability to defend Ben Gurion appears to have played a critical role in persuading U.S. officials to end the flight ban, which had caused anger in Israel. The country also expanded an area over the Mediterranean Sea where aircraft could hold if the airport were compromised, the airline employee said, and it has reconfigured arrival and departure routes in response to the conflict. The memo also addressed the rocket attack near the airport: The July 22nd rocket attack impacted at a distance of approximately one mile from the airport’s outer perimeter fence. The Israeli Air force, responsible for intercepting the rocket via the Iron Dome system, was aware of the projected impact point almost three minutes beforehand, and realized that it would hit outside Ben-Gurion’s borders. In this particular case, the Air force chose not to intercept the rocket, for calculated reasons completely unrelated to Ben-Gurion. Airlines don’t base their flight plans strictly on government recommendations, a point emphasized Thursday by the chief executive officers of American (AAL) and Delta (DAL) during conference calls to discuss financial results. Moreover, many commercial pilots are former military aviators who would refuse to fly into a particular location if they did not consider it safe. The memo also noted differences with the Malaysia Airlines (MAS:MK) MH17 shoot-down, which has everyone in the airline industry on edge. Malaysian Airlines flight MH117 was shot down by a Surface-to-Air missile battery (designed expressly for the purpose of shooting airplanes out of the sky), whose crew actively guided the missile to hit its chosen target. None of these factors apply to the kind of threat Israel, and Ben-Gurion in particular, are facing today from unguided rockets, which are entirely different from missiles. U.S. airlines resumed flights to Israel on Thursday night and European airlines restarted their service on Friday. Lufthansa (LHA:GR) said its flights would resume on Saturday.
News Article | October 17, 2011
The line between flight simulation and the real thing has been further blurred. Barco's RP-360 dome is said to be the first rear-projection flight simulator to fully immerse pilots in training with an unobstructed 360-degree view of the world as they conduct virtual missions. The dome is powered by an array of 13 high-definition projectors which cast images onto the outside of an acrylic sphere which measures 3.4 meters in diameter. The trainee pilot sits on the inside looking at the inner surface freely in all directions, just as in a cockpit. The 10-megapixel projectors help to keep costs down with liquid crystal on silicon technology (LCoS) which typically provide more resolution and contrast than LCD and plasma displays. Depending on configuration, the system's resolution (up to 2.9 arcmin/OLP) comes close to the limits of 20/20 human visual acuity. "It's not an improvement, it's a new generation of simulators," Geert Matthys, research and development manager at the company, told Reuters. "If a pilot has a cockpit where he can see 360 degrees, he also needs to be trained in a system which supplies 360 degrees, all deviation from real life can be dangerous," said Mattys. Lasers are used to line up the 10-megapixel projectors so that the different projected images are perfectly aligned, resulting in no segments of seams in the field of view. Barco engineers heightened the realism by replicating the exact contrast that a pilot sees by limiting the brightness of the image from throwing too much light onto the darker areas. Pilots can even wear night vision goggles in the simulator and see true-to-life halo and blooming effects that occur in night operations. Barco's goal is to help reduce training costs by bringing more training tasks to ground-based training systems. Elbit Systems bought the first dome, which will be used by the Israeli Air Force once fully operational in 2012. A two and a half minute video describing the RP-360 dome is available here. Top three Star Trek-style holodeck experiences 'Pixel' covered tank blends into its surroundings
News Article | April 7, 2015
Biowearable company Echo Labs, developed under the highly successful Stanford startup incubator StartX, has selected Los Angeles technology public relations firm PMBC Group as its agency of record. PMBC Group will be responsible for publicizing the revolutionary wearable that allows for constant non-invasive monitoring and analysis of blood components in order to track key indicators of nutrition, health, fitness and metabolism. “We are excited to work with Echo Labs as they continue to push boundaries in the tech and healthcare industries,” said Ola Danilina, CEO and founder of PMBC Group. “We are proud to play a key role in this innovative product as we generate significant media awareness with a strategic national media relations campaign.” PMBC Group will lead a thought leadership media campaign targeting business, technology and consumer press by leveraging Echo Labs co-founders’ unique backgrounds. Elad Ferber and Pierre-Jean Cobut, from Israel and Belgium respectively, met at the nation’s most competitive MBA program at Stanford Graduate Business School and have been named by Business Insider as Stanford Business students destined to change the world. Elad has nine years of experience in rapid prototyping of innovative hardware and software products. He served as an active duty officer in the Israeli Air Force where he designed and led the development of innovative aviation systems. He then spent two years as the head of systems engineering at SpaceIL, a non-profit organization that built a moon lander to compete in the Google Lunar X-Prize competition. Pierre-Jean is an entrepreneur with a successful track record in product and online marketing, sales and finance. He started his career at Procter & Gamble where he developed financial and strategic models for brand launches and expansions. Later, Pierre-Jean founded a company manufacturing and selling environmentally friendly equipment, where he managed marketing and sales, leading the company to international success through major contracts across Europe. PMBC Group is a fast-growing public relations agency based in Los Angeles, with offices in Beverly Hills. PMBC is dedicated to delivering tactical, results-driven public relations campaigns that build brand value and advance immediate and long-term business goals. PMBC’s success-proven formulas are designed to navigate the modern media landscape utilizing a collaboration of new and traditional media to achieve strategic media exposure to reach key consumer audiences, industry influencers, investors and other constituents that matter to our clients. PMBC is comprised of a team of professionals of varied backgrounds from public relations, journalism, social media, merchandising, product development, venture capital, entertainment and hospitality. For more information, please visit http://www.PMBCgroup.com. Echo Labs is the developer of a biowearable sensor that provides constant insight into the human body with innovative, non-invasive technology. The device monitors and analyzes blood components in order to track key indicators of nutrition, health, fitness and metabolism. The device will be available for pre-order in summer 2015. Echo Labs was founded by Elad Ferber and Pierre-Jean Cobut and developed under Stanford’s incubator StartX. Echo Labs’ mission is to use its technology to advance medical research, as a catalyst to create a significantly healthier world. For more information, please visit http://www.EchoLabs.co.
News Article | October 14, 2011
Fighter jet training is about to become more immersive, thanks to Barco's rear-projection 360-degree flight simulation dome. The RP-360 allows the trainee pilot to sit inside a dome, which surrounds the user with a full 360-degree field of view and allows him or her to realistically engage in training missions. The hardware behind this includes up to 14 high-definition projectors with edge blending and warping technology — this allows for undistorted, realistic images despite the sharp curves of the dome. The RP-360 also allows for night simulations (which interact realistically with night vision goggles) and group missions involving multiple trainees through linking several domes. While Barco has created some formidable video hardware, this isn't the complete system — there's a lot that goes into a full flight simulator (like motion feedback). We'll have to wait until 2012 to see how the Israeli Air Force takes advantage of this hardware in a full flight simulator.
News Article | March 14, 2016
The Israeli Defence Forces are looking to make a significant shift from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources to meet its energy demand. According to media reports, the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) plans to replace all its diesel power generators with solar power panels. The reports do not mention any specific timeline for this transition. While the IDF admits that complete dependence on solar power may not be possible for its continuous operation, it intends to make use of all incentives being offered by the government to contribute towards a general transition of the country towards renewable energy. A pilot power project started in 2014 examined the use of solar power combined with batteries and generators for backup. The IDF has also ordered installation of solar power panels over a million square feet for powering Israeli Air Force bases. The Infrastructure, Energy and Water Resources Ministry seeks to increase the share of renewable energy in the country’s electricity consumption to 10% by 2020 and 17% by 2030. The Israeli legislature is currently considering a draft renewable energy law that may convert these targets into a government-backed regulation. Israel is among the growing number of countries whose armed forces are looking to adopt renewable energy technologies to reduce dependence on fossil fuels and contribute towards the national targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Multiple arms of the US armed forces have been working on adoption of renewable energy technologies for a long time now. Last year, the Indian armed forces pledged to set up 300 MW of solar power capacity, to contribute towards the country’s target to have 100 GW operational solar power capacity by March 2022. Image Credit: א.ינאי | Public Domain Get CleanTechnica’s 1st (completely free) electric car report → “Electric Cars: What Early Adopters & First Followers Want.” Come attend CleanTechnica’s 1st “Cleantech Revolution Tour” event → in Berlin, Germany, April 9–10. Keep up to date with all the hottest cleantech news by subscribing to our (free) cleantech newsletter, or keep an eye on sector-specific news by getting our (also free) solar energy newsletter, electric vehicle newsletter, or wind energy newsletter.