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The mission – keep the IAF flying when its bases are under attack

Keep flying under all circumstances. That is the aim of an effort currently being undertaken by the Israeli air force (IAF). As part of this effort the IAF is developing a short take-off capability for its F-16 fighters based on a rocket-assisted take off (RATO) system. RATO is used for transport aircraft when the aircraft […]

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Sea survival training for the “Defenders of the West”

Flightcrew of Israeli air force (IAF) Airbus Helicopters AS565SA Panther “Atalef” helicopters recently travelled to the USA to train in what is dubbed “sea survivability”. A helicopter that lands or crashes in the sea in many cases turns into a deadly trap for its crew. So how do aircrew escape? The IAF’s maritime patrol squadron […]

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New Israeli Patriot battery allows “zero time” interception

Not every threat entering Israeli airspace allows enough time to scramble fighter aircraft to shoot it down. Given the short flying time from Israel’s northern border with Syria and Lebanon, the reaction time required is measured in seconds rather than minutes. So the immediate solution is to deploy effective surface-to-air weapons systems. On 23 September […]

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Israeli air force: combined threats require combined tools

Israeli air force fighter squadrons recently took part in a joint exercise with the force’s Northern Regional Control Unit and its air defence units, operating Patriot surface-to-air missile batteries to practise intercepting hostile aircraft attempting to infiltrate Israeli airspace. The four-day exercise took place at an airfield that simulated northern Israel. The “Flying Dragon” squadron […]

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Israeli air force pilots get better acquainted with their weapons

“Let me introduce myself. I’m a smart bomb and I would like to demonstrate my capabilities.” This is what happened a few days ago in one of the Israeli air force’s fighter squadrons – with a little exaggeration. The huge variety of weapons systems used by the IAF and the attention the pilots have to […]

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The Islamic State, Syria, US attacks and a downed Su-24

The “red line” made by Syria was crossed this morning when the USA performed the first strike against Islamic State (IS) targets in the nation. Cruise missiles launched from navy ships and aerial raids targeted IS strongholds in the country. The Israeli air force (IAF) has been on high alert because of the unstable situation in […]

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IAF aims for ‘deep simulation’ across units and bases

The Israeli air force is developing its simulation infrastructure in leaps and bounds. The IAF is now getting ready to operate a new simulator that will allow its “dominance officers” to train in a wide range of situations they may need to co-ordinate during fighting. The officers operate from the main IAF control centre and […]

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Israeli air force wages war in cyberspace

The Israeli air force Ofek (“Horizon”) computing unit is leading the development of protection layers that try to keep hackers from causing harm without pulling a trigger. The unit developed an application that was a target for hackers from around the world as part of a “cyber challenge” held at an international conference hosted by […]

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New simulators for the growing air threat

Rockets, missiles and unmanned air systems (UAS) are currently the main aerial threat to Israel. During the recent Protective Edge operation, Israeli air force (IAF) air defence units shot down hundred of rockets and a small number of UAS. This threat will be larger in any future confrontation either on the southern or northern borders […]

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The Syrian civil war and the IAF’s ‘zero-time reaction’

The civil war in Syria and the extreme Islamic organisations that control parts of the country pose a big problem for the Israeli air force (IAF). To avoid any attempt by the rebels to use the unclear and fast-changing situation in Syria to their advantage, the IAF is taking measures that can be summed up […]

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