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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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The IAF’s “Samson” gets ready for action

The first Lockheed Martin C-130J “Samson” delivered to the Israeli air force (IAF) is already justifying the Biblical name attached to it. The aircraft was delivered in April, and was subsequently modified to the special needs of the force. The crews of the “Elephants” squadron at Nevatim air base have recently completed installation of some Israeli-developed systems […]

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Coexistence between the IAF and the birds

The main threats to the Israeli air force’s (IAF) aircraft are missiles and other weapons launched from the air and ground. However, there is one enemy that has no hostile intentions but is posing a great danger nonetheless – the many species of birds that share the Israeli airspace with the IAF’s metal birds. On […]

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Speed is critical in maritime patrol – UAS vs manned platforms

Maritime patrol aircraft have gained greater importance in recent years, countering terror threats from the sea, protecting the Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZ) and watching over offshore natural resources. Unmanned air systems look to be the perfect solution. Long hours of “ironing”  huge spans of ocean is a tedious job for pilots and other crew members […]

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The “pretenders” that help IAF pilots survive

As war has changed, so has military training. The Israeli air force (IAF) is naturally training for all-out war, but its everyday missions are against targets hiding in densely populated areas, in hostile neighbouring countries. The targets do not have the  sophisticated weapons to confront fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters equipped with the most advanced weapon […]

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