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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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“Buy American” – You don’t have any other choice

 You make the best systems for combat missions but still you buy them elsewhere. It may seem strange but it is the reality of the situation whereby Israel receives a large military grant from the USA in the framework of Washington’s Foreign Military Financing programme. It is nice to get a few billion dollars as […]

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Ballistic defence simulation courtesy of the Syrian regime

“That was the best simulation system that we could hope for,” an Israeli source said this week. He was referring to the Israeli air force’s tracking of the trajectories of all surface-to-surface missiles used by the Syrian regime against rebels since the civil war in the country began. The civil war in Syria and the […]

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Air force drill tackles surface-to-air missile ambushes

Surface-to-air missiles are no longer solely in the hands of organised armies. These missiles, whether shoulder-launched or from sophisticated launcher, can shoot down a combat aircraft in spite of all the defensive systems on board. Besides the wide variety of anti-aircraft missiles, the threat is even more complicated when they are launched from densely populated […]

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The silent war that delivers a knock-out blow

There is a silent war that can determine the results of the overt one. Receivers, transmitters and many computers in between are its weapons and in Israel it has reached a level that is crucial to national security in its widest meaning. The Israeli air force is expanding the size of its Airborne Electronic Control […]

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A new safety tool for the busiest squadron in the IAF

The Israeli air force’s (IAF) Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) squadron, which operates Beechcraft King Airs, is one of the busiest in the force. The small aircraft carry sensors that play a major role in creating a continuous intelligence picture of areas of interest along Israel’s borders. The squadron’s aircraft were recently equipped with a […]

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Crucial minutes to identify a real air terror threat and stop it

On 21 February 1973 Libyan Arab Airlines Flight 114 was on a regular scheduled flight from Tripoli to Cairo via Benghazi. The 727-224 became lost because of a combination of bad weather and equipment failure over northern Egypt at around 13:44. Shortly afterwards it drifted into then-Israeli-controlled airspace over the Sinai Peninsula, where it was […]

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The natural aerial threats at a crossroads over Israel

The Israeli air force has to deal with many enemies equipped with deadly weapons. One that has no malicious intent and is equipped with only what nature provided is no less dangerous. Every spring, the skies over Israel are filled with an enormous number of birds migrating from colder countries. Israel is at a crossroads […]

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