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IAF, USAF C-130 joint exercise in the midst of diplomatic crisis

While the diplomatic relations between Washington and Jerusalem are at an all time low, the defence relations between the two countries are continuing as normal. The transport-oriented “Noble Shirley” training exercise held by the IAF and the USAF has been completed. The exercise was held earlier this month, at the southern Israeli airforce (IAF) Nevatim […]

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IDF practises crucial rescue operations from its submarines

Israel is expanding its submarine capabilities with the acquisition of more German-made Dolphin-class advanced vessels to join the navy in the coming years. A naval rescue workshop held recently by the CH-53 squadrons and SAR Unit 669 included a special scenario: rescuing wounded from a submarine deck – “a relevant and important scenario to practise”, […]

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Training builds on lessons from Protective Edge

Lessons learned by the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) during the 55 days of combat in last summer’s Operation Protective Edge in Gaza were implemented last week in a long exercise. During the exercise Israeli air force (IAF) flight platforms participated in different aspects of fighting simulations with the IDF’s paratrooper brigade. The forces practiced airlifting and aircraft directing […]

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Italian, US UAV operators learn from their Israeli peers

The Israeli air force’s unmanned air vehicle school recently opened up its gates for Italian and US UAV operators. The guests arrived at Palmachim air base to see how the force operates its UAVs. The two-week course included lessons and joint missions with the Elbit Systems Hermes 450 and Hermes 900. The visiting operators were […]

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Israel to revisit debate over purchase of more F-35s

In the aftermath of the Israeli elections, a questionmark hangs over whether a new government will approve the purchase of more Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning IIs. In February, in an almost unprecedented decision, the cabinet opted not to approve the Israeli air force’s original request. After a heated debate, strong opposition within the cabinet resulted […]

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The IAF’s Lavi era begins

The “Lavi” era has begun for the Israeli air force (IAF). Last week, experienced fighter pilots – including reservists – returned to the classrooms of the IAF’s flight school to study mandatory check procedures once again. This was a part of a conversion workshop designed to turn Skyhawk A-4 instructors into Aermacchi M-346 (Lavi) instructors. […]

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Israel lengthens its arm amid Iranian nuclear zigzag

At the time of writing, a few hours remain before the deadline for the nuclear talks with Iran. The “zigzag” continues as Iranian officials on Sunday backed away from a critical element of a proposed nuclear agreement, saying they are no longer willing to ship their atomic fuel out of the country. No matter the […]

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Israeli air force “Samson” proves its worth

As deliveries of the Lockheed Martin C-130J Hercules to the Israeli air force continue, the advanced aircraft is being further integrated into the list of missions it is intended to perform. A few days ago, the C-130J (designated Samson by the Israeli force) took part in the final training exercise of the airborne evacuation course […]

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Import or upgrade? The Israeli air force’s refuelling dilemma

It may not be the only dilemma the Israeli air force is facing but a decision will soon need to be made. An aerial refuelling capability is a top priority for the air force, but this critical operational capability is being maintained by various different methods that have been kept in service by constant upgrades. […]

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Syria still has chemical weapons – as Israel has known all along

When the world, and in particular the USA, celebrated “victory” in the campaign to rid Syria of chemical weapons, Israel did not join the festivities. Last week, when US secretary of state John Kerry delivered a fiery response to reports that the Assad regime had used chlorine gas as part of an attack on the […]

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