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The C-130 and paratroopers – still an important capability

The Israeli Defense Forces still believe that paratroopers are a vital capability in special operations. That is why a special parachuting zone that will serve ground troops has been inaugurated at the Israeli air force’s Nevatim airbase. The new zone will reduce flight times and cut training costs. One of the most familiar capabilities of […]

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Taking the IAF’s transport capabilities steps ahead

The Israeli air force (IAF) is upgrading its transport capabilities as part of operational requirements for long-range transport missions. A new training centre for the IAF’s Heavy Transport Division was recently opened at the Nevatim airbase, located in southern Israel. The division currently consists of different squadrons currently operating the C-130 H, Boeing 707 and […]

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Heavy transports, heavy threats

It was a daring rescue mission performed with the help of Israeli air force C-130s. On 27 June 1976, an Air France aircraft with 248 passengers on board was hijacked by Palestinian terrorists and supporters and flown to Entebbe, Uganda. Shortly after landing, all the non-Jewish passengers were released. The Israeli defence forces acted on […]

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A new safety standard for old air warriors

Airforces no longer confine their operations to the borders of the countries they protect. More and more airforces cross borders for joint exercises with friendly forces from neighboring countries and from others that are far away. To enable the safe integration of military aircraft into international air routes, a new standard has been set – […]

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The only substitute for the C-130 is a C-130, until the budget allows

When the Douglas DC-3 was still in the Israeli air force’s (IAF) service some 15 years ago, all the squadrons had big slogans in every hangar saying: “The only substitute for the DC-3 is a DC-3.”The DC-3 is resting from a long service in the IAF’s museum, but the force, so it seems, has another […]

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Low-flying enabler will open envelope for transports

Big transport aircraft fly low, protecting them from many threats. But to fly low they need special tools. The main one is an advanced reliable terrain-following system. This critical system takes the aircraft to low altitudes, where each “surprise” can end within seconds in an accident. Elbit Systems and Northrop Grumman are jointly developing a […]

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Monitoring extensively operated aerial platforms

The Israeli air force (IAF) operates combat missions almost every day. Add to that extensive training for many potential scenarios, and you get a much “stretched” inventory.This situation calls for close monitoring of fatigue in IAF fixed-wing and rotary platforms.Special teams are developing methods to improve fatigue monitoring – and when one is proven it is […]

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