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Israeli air force: combined threats require combined tools

Israeli air force fighter squadrons recently took part in a joint exercise with the force’s Northern Regional Control Unit and its air defence units, operating Patriot surface-to-air missile batteries to practise intercepting hostile aircraft attempting to infiltrate Israeli airspace. The four-day exercise took place at an airfield that simulated northern Israel. The “Flying Dragon” squadron […]

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Israeli air force pilots get better acquainted with their weapons

“Let me introduce myself. I’m a smart bomb and I would like to demonstrate my capabilities.” This is what happened a few days ago in one of the Israeli air force’s fighter squadrons – with a little exaggeration. The huge variety of weapons systems used by the IAF and the attention the pilots have to […]

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The Islamic State, Syria, US attacks and a downed Su-24

The “red line” made by Syria was crossed this morning when the USA performed the first strike against Islamic State (IS) targets in the nation. Cruise missiles launched from navy ships and aerial raids targeted IS strongholds in the country. The Israeli air force (IAF) has been on high alert because of the unstable situation in […]

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IAF aims for ‘deep simulation’ across units and bases

The Israeli air force is developing its simulation infrastructure in leaps and bounds. The IAF is now getting ready to operate a new simulator that will allow its “dominance officers” to train in a wide range of situations they may need to co-ordinate during fighting. The officers operate from the main IAF control centre and […]

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Israeli air force wages war in cyberspace

The Israeli air force Ofek (“Horizon”) computing unit is leading the development of protection layers that try to keep hackers from causing harm without pulling a trigger. The unit developed an application that was a target for hackers from around the world as part of a “cyber challenge” held at an international conference hosted by […]

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New simulators for the growing air threat

Rockets, missiles and unmanned air systems (UAS) are currently the main aerial threat to Israel. During the recent Protective Edge operation, Israeli air force (IAF) air defence units shot down hundred of rockets and a small number of UAS. This threat will be larger in any future confrontation either on the southern or northern borders […]

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The Syrian civil war and the IAF’s ‘zero-time reaction’

The civil war in Syria and the extreme Islamic organisations that control parts of the country pose a big problem for the Israeli air force (IAF). To avoid any attempt by the rebels to use the unclear and fast-changing situation in Syria to their advantage, the IAF is taking measures that can be summed up […]

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The fast-track approval process for weapons during fighting

The nature of the Israeli air force operations over Gaza during the recent operation Protective Edge required the use of special weapons systems to achieve more accurate hits in one of the world’s most densely populated areas. The soldiers and officers of the Israeli air force Flight Test Squadron from Tel-Nof air base have worked around […]

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Simulators keep pace with platform innovation

As combat platforms are constantly updated, training tools must also be changed accordingly – and with the Israeli air force (IAF) upgrading its fleet all the time, this parallel process is inevitable. With the arrival of new platforms, the IAF’s main training and operational planning tools – its simulators – are being upgraded. While a […]

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Apache simulator back in business

A venerable Apache helicopter simulator has been reborn for the use of the Israeli air force. The simulator, manufactured by LINK, was recently transferred to a new location in the USA, and is helping to train IAF pilots on this type of helicopter. Boeing AH-64 Apache helicopter pilots operated dozens of mission above the Gaza […]

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