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Search, locate and destroy the rocket launchers – the crucial role of UAS

Unmanned air systems (UAS) operated by the Israeli defense forces (IDF) are playing a major role in the effort to locate and destroy rocket launchers in Gaza. The name of the game in this operation is shorten the sensor to shooter time. When rockets are launched there are only a few seconds to hit the […]

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Israeli air force helicopters perform medical evacuation missions under fire

Israeli air force combat aircraft have so far performed hundreds of missions over Gaza as part of the general effort to stop rockets being launched into Israel. The air strikes also aim to suppress ground fire aimed at the Israeli Defense Forces ground units that entered Gaza when the aerial campaign also became a ground […]

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UAVs crucial in supressing rocket fire from Gaza

In recent days, Israeli air force unmanned air vehicles have proven that they have a critical role to play in defending Israel. Since the launching of rockets from Gaza into Israel has intensified, aircraft from the  air force’s First UAV Squadron, operating from Palmachim air base in the centre of the country, have flown around […]

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C-130J – an important tool for the IDF’s depth command

Three years after the Israeli defence forces (IDF) announced the formation of a new depth command, this somewhat virtual body is getting a very important working tool. In June 2013, Lockheed Martin delivered the first C-130J Super Hercules aircraft to Israel. This was the first of four C-130Js (Samson) currently on order for the IAF. […]

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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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UAS effective against ‘short-lived’ targets

This is this kind of story the details of which are guesswork. But even if it is only partially true, it speaks of the meeting point between unmanned air systems (UAS) and terrorists. The story: an Israeli air force armed UAS reportedly struck an Islamic Jihad rocket launching squad on 9 August in the Sinai […]

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The C-130J and the Israeli long arm

Production of the first Lockheed Martin C-130J for the Israeli air force (IAF) began recently in a short ceremony in Atlanta.   The first C-130J “Samson” will be delivered in 2014. IAF crews recently visited a US Air Force C-130J squadron to hear about the operation of the advanced aircraft.   The IAF dubs all […]

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The war over additional F-35s

The all-time showdown is set to take place in the general staff of the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF).   The issue on the table in the sound proof room in the IDF headquarters in Tel-Aviv will be whether to approve the purchase of another 20 Lockheed Martin F-35 stealth fighters.   This is in addition […]

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“Building blocks” in anticipation of a pressing need

The strategy has changed for Israeli companies that are expected to develop the “tools” for the next war. Not big, heavily funded programmes that are aimed at developing one system – rather, an overall effort to develop “building blocks” that will be used for more than one application.Rafael has for the first time admitted that […]

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Can precise rockets replace the airforce in close range?

It will not be an easy fight but it will end one way or the other. New technologies create pressure for change but some parties are not always happy to make the change. The general staff of the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) is re evaluating the use of precise rocket as a substitute for aircraft. […]

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