Tag Archives | Israeli air force (IAF)

Training for the next phase of unmanned threats

Unarmed, unmanned air systems launched from Lebanon have entered Israeli airspace a few times in recent years – and intelligence shows this will soon pose a greater threat. It also shows terror organisations in that country – but not only that country – have grasped the potential of using UAS to hit targets in Israel, or […]

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Jerusalem silent amid reports of air strike on Syrian naval base

The mysterious attacks on Syrian targets continue and many fingers are being pointed at Israel. Jerusalem is silent.  These precise attacks have all the ingredients of something from a new James Bond movie. Unmarked ships unload the weapon systems, real-time intelligence is acquired and the bombs and missiles destroy the warehouses. Israeli warplanes conducted the […]

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IAF C-130Js – special preparations for special missions

The deployment of a cargo aircraft is not normally an event that stirs excitement. However, this is not the case for the Israeli air force’s (IAF) deployment of the Lockheed Martin C-130J.This is not surprising – the role of the C-130 in the IAF goes far beyond what is normally expected from an aircraft designed […]

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Supplying the “Big Voice”

It’s dubbed the “Big Picture” – combining the output of many sensors so a commander gets a relevant picture of the situation being confronted.The demand came first from the Israeli air force (IAF): the pilots and ground operators taking part in a combined air-ground-sea operation have to talk to each other, and at the same […]

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Small cut in US grants – but big problems still loom

It will take creative financing to enable Israel, or specifically in my area of interest, the Israeli air force to gain its full budgetary wish list.Last week, Washington announced it will cut 5% ($175 million) from its annual military aid package to Israel as part of across-the-board budgetary spending cuts. US military aid to Israel […]

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The only substitute for the C-130 is a C-130, until the budget allows

When the Douglas DC-3 was still in the Israeli air force’s (IAF) service some 15 years ago, all the squadrons had big slogans in every hangar saying: “The only substitute for the DC-3 is a DC-3.”The DC-3 is resting from a long service in the IAF’s museum, but the force, so it seems, has another […]

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HeliCom – another tool for “surgical” attacks

The operational need is clear – all participating parties in the battle must get all the necessary data in a way that will make it useful in real-time.In the most “popular” mode of fighting today, namely urban/limited/low intensity – different names for one main goal – hitting the bad guys fast with minimum collateral damage […]

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The Litening keeps striking

The development of the next generation of fighter continues, with previous combat experience used in every new feature.What the Israeli air force defined years ago as a basic requirement for every fighter aircraft is now seen as a baseline for every air force.Rafael‫ ‬has confirmed it is in the advanced stages of developing the fifth generation […]

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Israel will act if Syria falls, warns air force commander

The quickly deteriorating situation in Syria yesterday brought an explicit warning. Israeli air force commander Maj Gen Amir Eshel said that if the Syrian regime were to suddenly collapse, Israel would be forced to undertake a massive attack “within hours”. He said missions would include the destruction of vast stores of conventional and non-conventional weapons […]

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Israeli sensors search for the S-300 in Syria

Israel may act to stop any attempt to transfer Russian-made S-300 surface-to-air missiles from Syria to Lebanon. Such a scenario is possible if the Assad regime in Syria feels it is losing control of the country in a future phase of its civil war.According to reliable sources, at least one shipment of Russian-made S-300 missiles […]

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