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Simulators keep pace with platform innovation

As combat platforms are constantly updated, training tools must also be changed accordingly – and with the Israeli air force (IAF) upgrading its fleet all the time, this parallel process is inevitable. With the arrival of new platforms, the IAF’s main training and operational planning tools – its simulators – are being upgraded. While a […]

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Apache simulator back in business

A venerable Apache helicopter simulator has been reborn for the use of the Israeli air force. The simulator, manufactured by LINK, was recently transferred to a new location in the USA, and is helping to train IAF pilots on this type of helicopter. Boeing AH-64 Apache helicopter pilots operated dozens of mission above the Gaza […]

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IAF unmanned air systems set for a health check-up

The unmanned air systems (UAS) operated by the Israeli air force (IAF) have been pushed to the limit during the month of fighting dubbed operation “Protective Edge”. From mini-UAS like the Elbit Systems Skylark operated by ground forces, through to the Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) Heron, Elbit Hermes-450 and up to the huge IAI Heron […]

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Israeli air force extends its reach in air-to-air combat

The somewhat popular idea that air-to-air combat is obsolete has not affected Israeli planners working on future weapons systems. While in recent combat, the Israeli air force has been used in very short-range missions – mainly to suppress rocket launches into Israel – the planners do not see this type of combat as the shape […]

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Israeli air force training foreign UAS operators

The continuously growing operational use of unmanned air systems (UAS) and unmanned air vehicles (UAV) by the Israeli air force (IAF) has brought changes to its UAS School. In June, dozens of UAS operators officially joined the UAS Division and received their UAS Operator pins. The UAS operators from the Hermes 450 Division will be […]

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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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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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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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Israel and the F-35 programme

Whenever the Israeli aerospace industry gets work related to the Lockheed Martin F-35, it’s a reminder of the stupid way Israel managed its involvement in the programme. Because of basic stupidity, the Israeli ministry of defence did not join the F-35 programme as a full partner – as offered by the USA. After dragging its […]

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