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Night air strikes inside Syria bring tensions to a new peak

 The Israeli air force (IAF) raised its state of alert in northern Israel yesterday. During the night, the air force struck Syrian army artillery positions in response to an earlier rocket attack from the Syrian side of the Golan Heights. In recent months, the air force has been on high alert, carrying out daily missions […]

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Israeli air force airborne mechanics need special skills

The helicopters operated by the Israeli air force have two things in common: they carry a large array of “special systems” and have to perform very complex missions in conflict as well as in peacetime. These missions require excellent pilots but also the best airborne mechanics. This need has prompted the air force to change […]

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The IAF’s new Lavi trainer – the revolution has started

The Israeli airforce (IAF) entered a new era for pilot training this week when its first flying cadets took to the air in the force’s new trainer, the Aermacchi M-346 (Lavi). The new aircraft, which replaces the old IAF A-4 Skyhawk, will allow the IAF to operate one of the most advanced training programs in […]

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To the USA and back to keep 707s in shape

The amount of work involved in keeping the Israeli air force’s Boeing 707 aerial refuelling aircraft in service is enormous. This will continue until the IAF gets a replacement, which may take many more years. The old 707s are refuelling stations for fighter aircraft when the “long arm” of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) needs […]

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The IAF’s ‘organic team’ test

The many tasks assigned to Israeli air force (IAF) fighter squadrons require fast mission changes during heated fighting. This necessitates not only well-equipped platforms and highly trained pilots, but also the epitome of teamwork. This requirement led the IAF to conduct a unique test – and the “First Fighter” squadron was selected to conduct it. […]

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The critical role of the IAF’s hardened aircraft shelter commanders

In any future war, Israeli air force (IAF) bases will be targeted by thousands of rockets launched from Gaza and Lebanon. This scenario is taken very seriously, and all intelligence data points to it. The IAF is taking every possible step to be ready for this scenario. Special teams have been trained and equipped to patch […]

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Getting ready for the F-35

The Israeli airforce (IAF) is getting ready to receive the F-35 stealth fighter. The first delivery is expected in 2017 but preparations are already in a high gear. At the Nevatim Airbase, construction of the F-35 (Adir) integrated training centre has begun. The centre will include a simulator for aircrews together with a new, first-of-its-kind […]

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Creating a common fighting language across the forces

In modern warfare, ground, air and sea forces co-operate very closely in order to get the most out of their weapon systems. Bringing together forces with totally different fighting practices requires special training, but above all a special understanding of the differences between them. The Israeli air force (IAF) has responded to this challenge just […]

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Greek, Israeli F-16s train over Israeli desert

Israel is not a member of any military alliance but the need to co-operate on a regional basis has resulted in a series of joint exercises between the Israeli air force and other forces that operate in the region. Earlier this week a Greek air force F-16C/D squadron landed at the Uvda air base, where […]

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The growing threat of terrorist UAS

Terror organisations will step up their efforts to perform attacks on targets in Israel using a variety of unmanned air systems (UAS). This is the intelligence assessment of the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF). In recent years terror groups used UAS to try and penetrate Israeli airspace. These  basic UAS were shot down by Israeli air […]

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