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The C-130 and paratroopers – still an important capability

The Israeli Defense Forces still believe that paratroopers are a vital capability in special operations. That is why a special parachuting zone that will serve ground troops has been inaugurated at the Israeli air force’s Nevatim airbase. The new zone will reduce flight times and cut training costs. One of the most familiar capabilities of […]

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French and Israeli air forces tighten relations

Geopolitical changes in the Middle East have accelerated some processes that began earlier. One is the tightening of relations between the Israeli and French air forces. In recent years the French air force has accumulated operational capabilities through its combat activities in different areas of the world. Gen Denis Mercier, chief of staff of the […]

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Taking the IAF’s transport capabilities steps ahead

The Israeli air force (IAF) is upgrading its transport capabilities as part of operational requirements for long-range transport missions. A new training centre for the IAF’s Heavy Transport Division was recently opened at the Nevatim airbase, located in southern Israel. The division currently consists of different squadrons currently operating the C-130 H, Boeing 707 and […]

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Heavy transports, heavy threats

It was a daring rescue mission performed with the help of Israeli air force C-130s. On 27 June 1976, an Air France aircraft with 248 passengers on board was hijacked by Palestinian terrorists and supporters and flown to Entebbe, Uganda. Shortly after landing, all the non-Jewish passengers were released. The Israeli defence forces acted on […]

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Matching the standards at IAF air bases

The Israeli air force (IAF) is going civil. No, the service’s squadrons will not be used for civil flights – but there will be an effort to develop greater commonality with civil aviation. Late last year the IAF started the process of adjusting the standards of its air bases to those used in civil aviation. […]

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The Litening will keep striking

Targeting pods are now almost a baseline system on combat aircraft. Air forces have realised that such a system is a key tool to accomplish missions as planned – and with the twist of real-time changing operational requirements. When Rafael in Israel first came out with its Litening targeting pod, customers were slow to react. […]

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Dramatic rise in the use of UAS raises basic questions

The use of unmanned air systems (UAS) in the Israeli airforce (IAF) is at an all-time high. One by one they are actually changing the “landscape” of many airbases. With UAS in such a wide usage and employing a growing variety of systems, issues that once exclusively concerned manned squadrons are now becoming relevant to […]

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Navigators – no map and compass, but still crucial for the mission

In most modern air forces they are called “weapon systems operators”, but the Israeli air force prefers to stick with tradition and call them “navigators”. Israeli combat navigators have long since dispensed with paper maps, and now they act as an inseparable part of the execution of aerial missions. They analyse situations, they makes decisions, […]

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An aerial “duet” that saves lives in combat zones

The Israeli airforce (IAF) is making a big effort to streamline the operation of its transport and attack helicopter squadrons. These rotorcraft operate under different conditions, but frequently work together to perform the same mission. A few days ago, aircrew members from the “Hornets” combat helicopter squadron and aircrew from the “Nocturnal Birds” and “Rolling […]

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Air-ground co-operation – putting more flags on more hilltops

The airforce does not put a flag on top of the hill at the end of a battle. Even fighter pilots accept this saying. But the airforce working in combination with ground forces can put flags on top of many hills. Israel has learned the hard way that close co-operation between fighter and helicopter squadrons […]

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