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A double-headed problem – micro UAS by mail order

The fact that one can order a micro unmanned air system (UAS) with fixed wings or in the shape of a quadcopter is a problem both for the Israeli air force and the Israeli manufacturers of such systems. While the air force has to find ways to protect Israeli airspace from micro and mini UAS […]

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Operating under fire

This is a realistic scenario – another military confrontation between Israel and one of its neighbouring countries. Israeli air force (IAF) bases are prime targets for enemy countries – but also for terror organisations backed by enemy countries. The threat is not posed by enemy aircraft carrying bombs, but by ground-launched rockets and missiles – […]

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Humans out of the loop – again

This is the perfect example of combining an operational requirement and technology. The Israeli air force (IAF) is a major operator of unmanned air systems (UAS). Until recently there was a “man in the loop” – mainly in the shape of an external pilot, in charge of the take-off and landing of some of the […]

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Asymmetric war and the limits of air power

To understand the term “asymmetric war”, come to southern Israel and wait for a few days. The live demonstration will be very convincing. The sequence in most cases is as follows: Palestinians in the Gaza strip launch rockets into Israel, and a few minutes or hours later the Israeli air force (IAF) is over the […]

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Crucial split-second decisions under fire in the skies

Lt Col Ron Arad is an Israeli air force (IAF) weapon systems officer who is officially classified as being missing in action since October 1986, but is widely presumed dead. Arad was lost on a mission over Lebanon, when bombs released from under the wings of his F-4 exploded near the aircraft. He parachuted and […]

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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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