Tag Archives | F-15

Coexistence between the IAF and the birds

The main threats to the Israeli air force’s (IAF) aircraft are missiles and other weapons launched from the air and ground. However, there is one enemy that has no hostile intentions but is posing a great danger nonetheless – the many species of birds that share the Israeli airspace with the IAF’s metal birds. On […]

Continue Reading

Fast, armed and alert

Israeli spy satellites are covering “areas of interest” continuously, but the Israeli air force (IAF) is still actively operating good ‘ol imaging systems carried by fighter aircraft. Calling the technology “good ‘ol” may sound nice, but in fact these systems are “excellent and new”. The F-15A/Bs of “The Knights of the Twin Tail” squadron take […]

Continue Reading

“Simulation Land” at the IAF Hazor air base

The Israeli air force’s “operational simulator” has been officially opened. When you hear the word “simulator”, you likely think of the cockpit of an aircraft that allows pilots to train on reacting to different situations encountered during a mission. The operational simulator at the IAF Hazor air base is something else. It’s a huge simulator […]

Continue Reading

IMI unveils ‘budget’ air-to-surface missile

When cost effectiveness is the name of the game, it seems that Israel Military Industries is investing in a winning niche. The company recently unveiled its MARS supersonic precision rocket as a low-cost solution for a variety of missions. According to IMI, the 4.4m (14.4ft) rocket, with an estimated range of 54nm (100km) and a GPS […]

Continue Reading
small.jpg

The “female” tools for the Israeli air force

You see them in great numbers at every Israeli air force (IAF) base – female technicians preparing fighter aircraft for missions around the clock. Young women in dark blue coveralls have become part of the scenery in the reinforced surface shelters housing ready-for-action F-15s, F-16s, Apache helicopters and other types. They are professionals that after […]

Continue Reading

Advanced simulators are changing pilot training

Simulation is becoming an integral part of every phase of training an Israeli Air Force (IAF) pilot goes through.  In the past simulators were another tool to improve capabilities of a pilot.  Not anymore. New simulators, or rather simulation systems, are a valued substitute for many of the actual flight hours that in the past […]

Continue Reading

F-35s, delivery dates and filling the gap – the dilemma

Fluctuation is the most stable situation in the Middle East. This is proved again and again along a time axis.   The most recent proof is the talk about a “gap filler” that will enable the Israeli air force (IAF) to keep its full operational capability if the purchased Lockheed Martin F-35s land at an […]

Continue Reading

Small diameter bombs gain status

Most of the bombs carried by Israeli airforce (IAF) fighters are getting either bigger or smaller. This trend is a result of the variety of missions the IAF is called to perform. After equipping its F-15Is with small diameter bombs (SDB) the IAF is considering their use also on its F-16s. The IAF’s F-15Is that […]

Continue Reading