Israeli air force training foreign UAS operators

The continuously growing operational use of unmanned air systems (UAS) and unmanned air vehicles (UAV) by the Israeli air force (IAF) has brought changes to its UAS School.

In June, dozens of UAS operators officially joined the UAS Division and received their UAS Operator pins.

The UAS operators from the Hermes 450 Division will be the first ones to continue their operational training course at the UAV School and not in the squadrons.

“The UAV School is an institution that is capable of training at a highly professional level,” says Lieutenant Colonel Daniel, commander of the school.

“In our opinion, training is a real profession and we are looking to host the division’s advanced training and not just the basic training,” the officer said, as reported on the IAF website.

The new operators have not had much time for routine work: all of them took part in Operation “Protective Edge” over the Gaza strip.

The UAS operator’s course has been shortened to six months and the school will acquire two new UAS ground control stations in the coming months that will allow more independence. Until now, the school has used the ground stations of the UAS squadrons at Palmachim airbase.

Representatives from foreign armies have been trained at the school since mid-2013, and a number of new courses are now being planned for the future.

“Training foreigners is a developing field at the school and will expand in the coming years,” adds Lieutenant Colonel Daniel. “It is a source of great pride for us that there is someone crossing the ocean to learn from the IAF, which is a world leader in the field of UAVs and UAV operator training.”

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