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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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Avoiding communications chaos

The requirement for achieving the necessary communication capabilities between combat aircraft and ground forces is the perfect recipe for total chaos. The military wants voice, data, images and more transmitted in real time and at excellent quality. The pilots and ground forces will not settle for less. To avoid communications chaos, there is a need […]

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UAS play vital role in stopping rocket attacks into Israel

Unmanned air systems operated by the Israeli air force will have a critical role in first suppressing, then eliminating an attack on the country’s populated areas from Lebanon or Gaza, where huge stockpiles of rockets have been accumulated. To be ready for such a scenario,  the air force’s UAS and aerial intelligence squadrons last week […]

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To the last drop of fuel – and capability

The Israeli air force is keeping its aerial refuelling capabilities in peak condition. When the main enemy is far away and is building a nuclear capability in tandem with long-range ballistic missiles, this is a must. Last week, the air force’s Boeing 707 tanker aircraft met in the skies with its Lockheed Martin F-16C/D Barak […]

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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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