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Full tank please

Flying long distances to perform a precision attack is the kind of mission the Israeli airforce (IAF) may have to face sooner or later. This week, two of the IAF’s biggest transport aircraft combined in a complex training session: aerial refuelling for heavy planes. In the training session,  C-130 aircrews and  Boeing 707 aircrews practiced […]

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Israeli-made UAS numbers point to bright future

The numbers tell the story and here are only two: almost 50% of the operational flight hours performed by the Israeli air force (IAF) are of unmanned air systems (UAS); the second, also impressive, is that the different UAS made by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) have accumulated more than one million operational flight hours worldwide. […]

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Blue Flag exercise follows hot on heels of Iran deal

In the Middle East defence issues are always attached to some relevant events. After an agreement with Iran about its nuclear programme was signed, in spite of a loud Israeli protest, air forces of four nations began a complex exercise over southern Israel. Code-named Blue Flag, the exercise brought together 60 fighter and auxiliary aircraft. […]

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Combat helicopter unit and special forces pool talents

Combat helicopters are independent killing machines. But in the complex scenarios of combat, especially in what is called “urban”, they in most cases have to co-operate closely with ground forces. This co-operation is not limited to talking on the same frequency of the communication systems. It’s much more than that. Last week, aircrews from the […]

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The Top Secret legacy of the IAF’s C-130s

The C-130’s legendary status is not only a legacy of the Entebbe rescue operation – it’s much more than that. With the help of Israeli air force (IAF) C-130s, in 1976 a commando force rescued Israeli and foreign passengers on an Air France aircraft hijacked and flown to Entebbe in Uganda. Since that operation the […]

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How IAF will keep F-16 C/Ds in top shape

The Israeli air force (IAF) is upgrading its Lockheed Martin F-16 C/Ds to the Barak II version. In fact, the total inventory of the IAF is being upgraded continuously, mainly by installing new advanced systems, some of which have been developed in Israel to meet specific operational needs. IAF sources say that the current upgrade […]

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The ‘Shadow War’ continues with early warning sensors useless

The “Shadow War” continues with mysterious night attacks on weapons systems on their way to the “wrong hands”, according to Israeli standards. This, time and again, without being detected by any of the ground sensors in the areas where the targets have been located. A few days after I first reported about the unclaimed night […]

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Air-ground combat – joining forces

Combat in many cases is combined. Much of the time it is air forces and ground forces. In some situations, the navy is also part of the operation. The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) has decided to take this fact a step further – and this time in the field. Recently, for a week, young helicopter […]

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Unidentified fighter aircraft – the “shadow war” in the Middle East

Yesterday a newspaper in Kuwait reported that the Israeli airforce (IAF) had carried out a strike on a shipment of long-range missiles that were on their way from Syria to Hezbollah, the terror organization based in Lebanon. If this report is verified, and if other reports of Israeli strikes in Syria and Lebanon are confirmed, […]

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Advanced simulators are changing pilot training

Simulation is becoming an integral part of every phase of training an Israeli Air Force (IAF) pilot goes through.  In the past simulators were another tool to improve capabilities of a pilot.  Not anymore. New simulators, or rather simulation systems, are a valued substitute for many of the actual flight hours that in the past […]

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