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Birds battle combat aircraft over Israeli airspace

The Israeli air force performs combat missions almost on a daily basis. But one battle goes on around the clock – and winning it is a major operation at all the force’s bases. This battle is against nature – namely, the birds sharing the skies with the aircraft. Every year, thousands of flights taking off […]

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V-22 for the IAF – the focus of political turmoil

The proposal to equip the Israeli air force (IAF) with the Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey has spurred a heated debate in the country’s cabinet. While many in the Israeli defence forces (IDF) see a clear requirement for the tiltrotor aircraft, others consider it a “nice to have”, and very low on the shopping list. Last […]

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Readying Israel’s air force transport crews for anything

The Israeli air force is honing the capabilities of its Heavy Transport Division. The introduction of the Lockheed Martin C-130J Hercules and the part it will play in many future long-range operations have called for changes in the division’s training schemes. Earlier this year, the Heavy Transport Instruction Center was established at Nevatim air base, […]

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Getting ready for the first F-35 squadron

While there is still debate over the final number of Lockheed Martin F-35s the Israeli air force (IAF) will acquire, preparations for the first squadron are under way. The cornerstone for the squadron hangars and simulator structures were put in place at Nevatim air base a few days ago. “This is a very important event […]

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Growing co-operation between German and Israeli air defence forces

Germany understands the importance of an efficient air defence force – and the value of Israel’s experience. The German air defence unit’s commander visiting Israel is just one example of the growing co-operation between the two nations. Maj Gen Robert M Löwenstein, the German counterpart to the Israeli air force (IAF) commander of the aerial […]

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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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