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Israeli air force simulators enter a new era

The Israeli air force has made a major change to its training concept, based on the capabilities of its new mission training centre. The centre, at Hazor air base, was officially inaugurated last December. The advanced training facility is operated under a private finance initiative model with Elbit systems, the company that built it. Elbit […]

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The missile that gives IAF helicopter pilots the flexibility they need

Until a few years ago the Tammuz weapon system was highly classified. But now the Israeli air force (IAF) is prepared to describe it as one of its most efficient weapons against terror targets. Like many Israeli weapons, the Tammuz missile was developed after the 1973 Yom Kippur War, when the Israeli defence forces (IDF) faced […]

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Fast, armed and alert

Israeli spy satellites are covering “areas of interest” continuously, but the Israeli air force (IAF) is still actively operating good ‘ol imaging systems carried by fighter aircraft. Calling the technology “good ‘ol” may sound nice, but in fact these systems are “excellent and new”. The F-15A/Bs of “The Knights of the Twin Tail” squadron take […]

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General aviation: where stupid decisions create uncertainty

If you need further proof that governments operate in a sort of vacuum, with no connection to reality – here is another. If nothing changes in the coming month, general aviation in Israel will be grounded, and with it some flying schools and maintenance shops. Stupidity, it seems, has no limits. The process of closing […]

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C-130J – an important tool for the IDF’s depth command

Three years after the Israeli defence forces (IDF) announced the formation of a new depth command, this somewhat virtual body is getting a very important working tool. In June 2013, Lockheed Martin delivered the first C-130J Super Hercules aircraft to Israel. This was the first of four C-130Js (Samson) currently on order for the IAF. […]

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A double-headed problem – micro UAS by mail order

The fact that one can order a micro unmanned air system (UAS) with fixed wings or in the shape of a quadcopter is a problem both for the Israeli air force and the Israeli manufacturers of such systems. While the air force has to find ways to protect Israeli airspace from micro and mini UAS […]

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Operating under fire

This is a realistic scenario – another military confrontation between Israel and one of its neighbouring countries. Israeli air force (IAF) bases are prime targets for enemy countries – but also for terror organisations backed by enemy countries. The threat is not posed by enemy aircraft carrying bombs, but by ground-launched rockets and missiles – […]

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Humans out of the loop – again

This is the perfect example of combining an operational requirement and technology. The Israeli air force (IAF) is a major operator of unmanned air systems (UAS). Until recently there was a “man in the loop” – mainly in the shape of an external pilot, in charge of the take-off and landing of some of the […]

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Asymmetric war and the limits of air power

To understand the term “asymmetric war”, come to southern Israel and wait for a few days. The live demonstration will be very convincing. The sequence in most cases is as follows: Palestinians in the Gaza strip launch rockets into Israel, and a few minutes or hours later the Israeli air force (IAF) is over the […]

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Crucial split-second decisions under fire in the skies

Lt Col Ron Arad is an Israeli air force (IAF) weapon systems officer who is officially classified as being missing in action since October 1986, but is widely presumed dead. Arad was lost on a mission over Lebanon, when bombs released from under the wings of his F-4 exploded near the aircraft. He parachuted and […]

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