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Air-ground co-operation, face to face

The Israeli defence forces (IDF) are accelerating efforts to improve operational effectiveness air-ground co-operation, particularly in what is dubbed “low-intensity warfare”. With that in mind, aircrews of the Israeli air force (IAF) Knights of the Orange Tail F-16I squadron recently visited the Gaza Division of IDF ground forces. The visit was organized by the squadron […]

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IAF aims to distract helicopter pilots with attention-splitting simulator

The Israeli air force (IAF) has developed a cognitive simulator aimed at training its helicopter pilots to perform their functions in the cockpit under a variety of conditions. Helicopter pilots face a range of simultaneous challenges while flying, including operating the rotorcraft’s systems, responding to threats and processing flight data. As a result, their attention […]

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Israeli air force “approved” by the US armed forces

The US Air Force, Navy and Army have recently acknowledged the Israeli air force (IAF) processes of certification and aerial qualification for its aircraft. Every flying aircraft has to be approved by an official authority. In Israel, civilian aircraft are approved by the civil aviation authority, while military types are approved by the IAF itself […]

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VR training for aircraft identification

The Israeli air force (IAF) is dealing with reality – a reality that can change in a split second. However, to get ready for such fast changes, service personnel are being trained in virtual reality. In the coming months, the IAF’s usage of virtual reality systems is set to grow. Despite all the advanced sensors used by […]

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Coming soon: the Islamic State air force, courtesy of the USA

If in the near future the Islamic State terror organisation deploys some air power on top of assault rifles, machine guns and big knives, the aircraft will carry stickers saying “courtesy of the USA”. Sounds crazy? Not when Washington does not begin to understand what really goes on in the Middle East. Israeli sources say […]

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Demand for more UAS across the board

One of the key lessons learned from the participation of the Israeli air force (IAF) in the recent Protective Edge operation against Hamas in the Gaza Strip was clear even before the ceasefire – the number of unmanned air systems operated by the Israeli defence forces (IDF) should be increased. The IAF’s UAS were strained […]

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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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