A new safety tool for the busiest squadron in the IAF

The Israeli air force’s (IAF) Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) squadron, which operates Beechcraft King Airs, is one of the busiest in the force. The small aircraft carry sensors that play a major role in creating a continuous intelligence picture of areas of interest along Israel’s borders. The squadron’s aircraft were recently equipped with a […]

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Crucial minutes to identify a real air terror threat and stop it

On 21 February 1973 Libyan Arab Airlines Flight 114 was on a regular scheduled flight from Tripoli to Cairo via Benghazi. The 727-224 became lost because of a combination of bad weather and equipment failure over northern Egypt at around 13:44. Shortly afterwards it drifted into then-Israeli-controlled airspace over the Sinai Peninsula, where it was […]

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The natural aerial threats at a crossroads over Israel

The Israeli air force has to deal with many enemies equipped with deadly weapons. One that has no malicious intent and is equipped with only what nature provided is no less dangerous. Every spring, the skies over Israel are filled with an enormous number of birds migrating from colder countries. Israel is at a crossroads […]

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The challenges of air dropping combat supplies into the right hands

Some of the weapons and ammunition air dropped by coalition aircraft fighting ISIS in Iraq and Syria missed the planned drop zones and fell directly into the hands of the terrorist organisation, it has emerged. The news comes as no surprise, given the challenges inherent in air dropping supplies with precision. While high-altitude air-drops often […]

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ClearVision – a clear enhancement of civil helicopters’ flight envelope

Elbit Systems, the leading Israeli manufacturer of avionics and military systems, has unveiled the helicopter version of its ClearVision technology. Helicopter ClearVision integrates electronic vision sensors and heads-up display technology, improving flight safety and situational awareness, increasing mission success rates and minimising  dependency on airport and helipad instruments. Based on the ClearVision Enhanced Flight Vision System (EFVS) […]

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General aviation in Israel – the final countdown

If the Israeli Supreme Court does not intervene, general aviation in Israel will be grounded on April 15 at 6pm. Without an injunction to prevent it, this is the time and date that Herzelia airport near Tel-Aviv will be closed. The Israeli airport authority has notified the owners of the 250 light aircraft using the […]

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‘Hornet’, ‘Magic Touch’ helicopter squadrons train together

The Israeli air force (IAF) continues to implement operational lessons learned from last summer’s “Protective Edge” operation in Gaza. One recent instance was a training day during which two “sister” helicopter squadrons trained in operating together in various complex scenarios. It is rare to witness AH-64D Apache Longbow pilots carrying out a mission under the […]

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Open skies co-operation bolsters safety

The open skies agreement signed between Israel and the European aviation authorities has added capacity and lowered fares – and now also improves safety. The Israeli Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) joined the European Safety Assessment of Foreign Aircraft (SAFA) programme, which comprises 43 countries, mostly from Europe. The enhanced supervision of foreign airlines flying to […]

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South Korea buys Israeli-made UAS – and now UAS-detecting radar?

First South Korea decided to purchase Israeli-made unmanned air systems (UAS) – now Seoul is evaluating the purchase of Israeli-made radar systems that can detect small, low-flying UAS operated by North Korea. South Korean Defense Acquisition Program Administration officials recently visited Israel to review these radar systems, and a decision is expected soon. Seoul has […]

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Israeli air force crews go digital

The Israeli air force is going digital. Not only are the aircrews using advanced digital avionics installed in the existing fleet, but the kit the crews carry onto flights is itself being digitised. The “Elephant” squadron, which operates the Lockheed Martin C-130J Hercules, has been issued with a new tablet called the “iPill”, according to […]

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