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Getting ready for the F-35

The Israeli airforce (IAF) is getting ready to receive the F-35 stealth fighter. The first delivery is expected in 2017 but preparations are already in a high gear. At the Nevatim Airbase, construction of the F-35 (Adir) integrated training centre has begun. The centre will include a simulator for aircrews together with a new, first-of-its-kind […]

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Creating a common fighting language across the forces

In modern warfare, ground, air and sea forces co-operate very closely in order to get the most out of their weapon systems. Bringing together forces with totally different fighting practices requires special training, but above all a special understanding of the differences between them. The Israeli air force (IAF) has responded to this challenge just […]

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Greek, Israeli F-16s train over Israeli desert

Israel is not a member of any military alliance but the need to co-operate on a regional basis has resulted in a series of joint exercises between the Israeli air force and other forces that operate in the region. Earlier this week a Greek air force F-16C/D squadron landed at the Uvda air base, where […]

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The growing threat of terrorist UAS

Terror organisations will step up their efforts to perform attacks on targets in Israel using a variety of unmanned air systems (UAS). This is the intelligence assessment of the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF). In recent years terror groups used UAS to try and penetrate Israeli airspace. These  basic UAS were shot down by Israeli air […]

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IAF F-15s get new emergency take-off abort software

Software that helps pilots take-off in extreme conditions has been installed on the Israeli air force’s (IAF) Boeing F-15s . According to the IAF website, the new software went operational with three F-15 squadrons a month ago. The software had previously only been installed on the IAF’s Lockheed Martin F-16s. The software calculates the immediate […]

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The IAF’s new UAS “Analyser”

With the growing number of unmanned air systems (UAS) operated by the Israeli air force (IAF), a system that can extract and analyse data related to performance is a must. The need has become even more urgent with the joint operation of different types of UAS – specifically the the Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) Heron-1 and Elbit […]

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Birds battle combat aircraft over Israeli airspace

The Israeli air force performs combat missions almost on a daily basis. But one battle goes on around the clock – and winning it is a major operation at all the force’s bases. This battle is against nature – namely, the birds sharing the skies with the aircraft. Every year, thousands of flights taking off […]

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V-22 for the IAF – the focus of political turmoil

The proposal to equip the Israeli air force (IAF) with the Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey has spurred a heated debate in the country’s cabinet. While many in the Israeli defence forces (IDF) see a clear requirement for the tiltrotor aircraft, others consider it a “nice to have”, and very low on the shopping list. Last […]

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Readying Israel’s air force transport crews for anything

The Israeli air force is honing the capabilities of its Heavy Transport Division. The introduction of the Lockheed Martin C-130J Hercules and the part it will play in many future long-range operations have called for changes in the division’s training schemes. Earlier this year, the Heavy Transport Instruction Center was established at Nevatim air base, […]

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Getting ready for the first F-35 squadron

While there is still debate over the final number of Lockheed Martin F-35s the Israeli air force (IAF) will acquire, preparations for the first squadron are under way. The cornerstone for the squadron hangars and simulator structures were put in place at Nevatim air base a few days ago. “This is a very important event […]

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