Tag Archives | AS-565SA

The Panther fraternity vs. UAS

All the signs show the Israeli air force’s maritime patrol squadron will keep flying, despite the increasing use of unmanned air systems (UAS) for the mission. The “Defenders of the West” are a unique squadron that mainly operate AS565 (Panther) helicopters, which land on the Israeli navy’s SAAR-5  missile boats. A few weeks ago two […]

Continue Reading

Close and far air support for the Israeli navy

The operational cooperation between the Israel navy and air force is tightening. New threats in the Mediterranean, and far away, have created the need for daily joint operations.   In long-range operations such as intercepting ships that tried to smuggle weapons to the Gaza Strip, the air force has been very active in detecting the […]

Continue Reading