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To the last drop of fuel – and capability

The Israeli air force is keeping its aerial refuelling capabilities in peak condition. When the main enemy is far away and is building a nuclear capability in tandem with long-range ballistic missiles, this is a must. Last week, the air force’s Boeing 707 tanker aircraft met in the skies with its Lockheed Martin F-16C/D Barak […]

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“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 […]

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No room for doubt while IAF is on highest alert

When sensors are operated to their utmost capability and nerves are on edge, every small sign of danger gets the big apparatus called the Israeli air force moving fast and with full power. That is exactly what happened last Saturday, when the residents of central Israel could hear the roar of fighter jets above their […]

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Elbit Systems widens its European footprint

Being a “multi-domestic” aerospace company, Elbit Systems is time after time proving that this definition really translates into contracts. Earlier this week the Israeli company’s subsidiary Elbit Systems of America signed a partnership contract with the Logistic Center Woensdrecht (Netherlands Ministry of Defence). This partnership marks the official commencement of an agreement and work-share cooperation […]

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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 […]

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Pilots and tank commanders bolster co-operation

The Israeli Air Force (IAF) has taken combined air-ground combat a huge step forward. Recently, combat pilots left their familiar F-16 cockpits and went into the “cockpits” of Merkava-4 main battle tanks in the midst of a live-fire armoured corps exercise. “Next time we operate with the armoured corps, we will have a better concept […]

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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 […]

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Shades of grey in managing Israeli air space

Things that should be seen in black and white are often painted in grey to avoid action. Israeli air space is very small and congested. Commercial traffic, general aviation, air force manned aircraft and unmanned air systems are growing in number. The problems of control are obvious. A few day ago, two pilots of Israeli […]

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Flying at the limit and keeping safe

I’m not a psychologist, but if I look at the routine operational pattern of the Israeli Air Force (IAF), grounding it to refresh safety procedures seems almost a must every now and then.Earlier this week the IAF grounded all its fighting squadrons for one day, following a series of safety incidents.Maj Gen Amir Eshel, commander […]

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The tools to detect, identify and destroy hostile UAS are needed now

The Israeli air force (IAF) has been taking steps to deal with unmanned air systems (UAS) used by hostile forces, since Hezbollah in Lebanon launched two of them into Israel in 2004 and 2006.However, the incursion of an Iranian-made UAS launched from Lebanon on October 6 tipped the scale in one very decisive blow.The UAS […]

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