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Creating a common fighting language across the forces

In modern warfare, ground, air and sea forces co-operate very closely in order to get the most out of their weapon systems. Bringing together forces with totally different fighting practices requires special training, but above all a special understanding of the differences between them. The Israeli air force (IAF) has responded to this challenge just […]

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Air-ground co-operation, face to face

The Israeli defence forces (IDF) are accelerating efforts to improve operational effectiveness air-ground co-operation, particularly in what is dubbed “low-intensity warfare”. With that in mind, aircrews of the Israeli air force (IAF) Knights of the Orange Tail F-16I squadron recently visited the Gaza Division of IDF ground forces. The visit was organized by the squadron […]

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The time has come for UAS over Jerusalem

The tense situation in Jerusalem in recent months may force the Israeli police to use unmanned air systems (UAS) to monitor the situation especially in the “stitch” areas between the western and eastern parts of the capital. The Israeli police has a very active helicopter unit but attempts to operate UAS have so far been […]

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The Israeli defence forces’ new “flying gadgets”

The Israeli defence forces (IDF) have a plan – and Israeli industry is working to action it. Soon, infantry soldiers will have big pouches on their combat vests full of small “individual helpers”. While Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) is developing a number of “butterfly” miniature intelligence gathering systems, other concepts are also being evaluated. IAI’s miniature […]

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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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