The IAF is preparing its aerial refuelling capability on the ground and in the air

The Israeli air force (IAF) has signalled its need for new aerial tankers, and now the only obstacle is the defence budget. The Boeing KC-46A Pegasus in-flight refuelling tanker is very high on the IAF’s shopping (or rather wish) list, but in the meantime, this critical operational capability is being maintained through various techniques. The […]

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The critical role of the IAF’s hardened aircraft shelter commanders

In any future war, Israeli air force (IAF) bases will be targeted by thousands of rockets launched from Gaza and Lebanon. This scenario is taken very seriously, and all intelligence data points to it. The IAF is taking every possible step to be ready for this scenario. Special teams have been trained and equipped to patch […]

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Getting ready for the F-35

The Israeli airforce (IAF) is getting ready to receive the F-35 stealth fighter. The first delivery is expected in 2017 but preparations are already in a high gear. At the Nevatim Airbase, construction of the F-35 (Adir) integrated training centre has begun. The centre will include a simulator for aircrews together with a new, first-of-its-kind […]

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Arrow 3 aborted test just a bump in the road

The developmental Israel Aerospace Industries/Boeing Arrow 3 ballistic missile interceptor is designed to shoot down ballistic missiles with unconventional warheads. To achieve a decisive neutralisation of such a deadly warhead, the interceptor is designed to actually hit the incoming missile. This operational requirement complicates the development process. An intercept launch test of an Arrow 3 was […]

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FODetect puts birds to flight

Originally developed to detect foreign object debris (FOD) on runways, Xsight Systems has added a new capability to its FODetect unit – it can now chase away birds. According to the Israeli company, the BirdWize remotely activated auditory deterrence allows airports to manage runway bird hazards from the convenience of an operations centre. Xsight says the […]

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Creating a common fighting language across the forces

In modern warfare, ground, air and sea forces co-operate very closely in order to get the most out of their weapon systems. Bringing together forces with totally different fighting practices requires special training, but above all a special understanding of the differences between them. The Israeli air force (IAF) has responded to this challenge just […]

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Greek, Israeli F-16s train over Israeli desert

Israel is not a member of any military alliance but the need to co-operate on a regional basis has resulted in a series of joint exercises between the Israeli air force and other forces that operate in the region. Earlier this week a Greek air force F-16C/D squadron landed at the Uvda air base, where […]

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The growing threat of terrorist UAS

Terror organisations will step up their efforts to perform attacks on targets in Israel using a variety of unmanned air systems (UAS). This is the intelligence assessment of the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF). In recent years terror groups used UAS to try and penetrate Israeli airspace. These  basic UAS were shot down by Israeli air […]

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IAF F-15s get new emergency take-off abort software

Software that helps pilots take-off in extreme conditions has been installed on the Israeli air force’s (IAF) Boeing F-15s . According to the IAF website, the new software went operational with three F-15 squadrons a month ago. The software had previously only been installed on the IAF’s Lockheed Martin F-16s. The software calculates the immediate […]

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The IAF’s new UAS “Analyser”

With the growing number of unmanned air systems (UAS) operated by the Israeli air force (IAF), a system that can extract and analyse data related to performance is a must. The need has become even more urgent with the joint operation of different types of UAS – specifically the the Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) Heron-1 and Elbit […]

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