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The IAF and Protective Edge – round-the-clock flying

The 72-hour ceasefire between Israel and Hamas in Gaza may signal the end of Israel’s Operation “Protective Edge” –  or it may just be a break in the intensive fighting, in which the Israeli air force (IAF) has had a crucial role. Over the last 30 days the IAF has been strained to almost its […]

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Aerial refuelling keeps fighters on station

The Israeli air force’s in-flight refuelling capability has been built with long range combat missions in mind – you need an accompanying fuel station in the skies. However, the current “Protective Edge” operation in Gaza proves there are exceptions In addition to ground manoeuvres in the Gaza Strip, the IAF’s airstrikes continue. Although the fighting […]

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Search, locate and destroy the rocket launchers – the crucial role of UAS

Unmanned air systems (UAS) operated by the Israeli defense forces (IDF) are playing a major role in the effort to locate and destroy rocket launchers in Gaza. The name of the game in this operation is shorten the sensor to shooter time. When rockets are launched there are only a few seconds to hit the […]

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Israeli air force helicopters perform medical evacuation missions under fire

Israeli air force combat aircraft have so far performed hundreds of missions over Gaza as part of the general effort to stop rockets being launched into Israel. The air strikes also aim to suppress ground fire aimed at the Israeli Defense Forces ground units that entered Gaza when the aerial campaign also became a ground […]

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Iron Dome – a game changer in action

In recent days I’ve learned how to distinguish between the sounds. Luckily, 90% of the time the sound was that of a successful intercept of an incoming rocket over central Israel. That sound is heard by Israelis in many other parts of the country being targeted by the Hamas terror organisation. Since the beginning of […]

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UAVs crucial in supressing rocket fire from Gaza

In recent days, Israeli air force unmanned air vehicles have proven that they have a critical role to play in defending Israel. Since the launching of rockets from Gaza into Israel has intensified, aircraft from the  air force’s First UAV Squadron, operating from Palmachim air base in the centre of the country, have flown around […]

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Asymmetric war and the limits of air power

To understand the term “asymmetric war”, come to southern Israel and wait for a few days. The live demonstration will be very convincing. The sequence in most cases is as follows: Palestinians in the Gaza strip launch rockets into Israel, and a few minutes or hours later the Israeli air force (IAF) is over the […]

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A Palestinian airport – not in the near future

The peace ‬talks‪ between Israel and ‬the ‪Palestin‬ian authorities face‪ many hurdles that put a huge question mark ‬over‪ ‬this‪ chance to end the bloody conflict.‬ ‪ There are many issues on the table‬ -‪ one ‬being‪ ‬Palestine’s‪ demand to allow‬ the‪ operat‬ion of‪ an international airport from the ‬W‪est ‬B‪ank.‬ ‪ Before ‬the ‪Palestinian […]

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Operational continuity of the Israeli air force

ARIE EGOZI   Very realistic scenario: rockets launched from Gaza or Lebanon hit Israeli Air Force (IAF) bases. The squadrons have to perform a record number of missions, using the runways and other facilities that have been hit. The IAF is getting prepared for a situation in which its bases will be under heavy attacks […]

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Meeting the demands of network centric warfare

It seems that network centric warfare (NCW) is the phrase of the moment in many armies and airforces.  But many that use it do not fully understand what it means. In some places the meaning is clear, critical and demands everyday solutions. When you talk with the Israeli Air Force (IAF), you hear the phrase […]

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