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Focused firepower to avoid a long war of attrition

Israel cannot accept a situation in which it is involved in an all-out war of attrition. It would put a big burden on the Israeli air force. So to put simply, how can it hit the enemy hard and quickly enough to stop the launch of rockets, missiles or even attacks by fighter aircraft? Such […]

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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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Red line crossed gives green light for attacks

If reports in the foreign press are accurate, Israel acted twice in 48 hours after Syria crossed a very thick red line drawn by Jerusalem. International media have reported that the main targets in Syria – storage facilities for advanced long-range Iranian-made missiles – were hit‫ ‬hard. Officially, Israel has not commented, but the attacks […]

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The Israeli Air Force One – a shelved document

The plan has been shelved and there is only a small chance that it will change its current place in the foreseeable future.   The plan was logical but when a government makes one there are always some unexpected factors.   Almost two year ago, the Israeli government decided to get a local version of […]

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Dividing the work between air force and rockets

Precise rockets will take the place of the Israeli air force (IAF) in close-support fire missions – and when the need is to destroy a target amid a heavily populated area.The decision has been made, and now the budget will determine deployment.The changing nature of war – from vast operations in large areas to “focused” […]

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Honeymoon of arms deals between Israel and Italy ?

Could this be the beginning of a “wonderful friendship” in defence relations between Italy and Israel?Italy has not been a major client of the Israeli aerospace and defe‫ nce industries, but that may change‬.After the Israeli air force (IAF) selected the Aermacchi M-346 as its advanced trainer, the second part of the agreement – the […]

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Air power distribution as the situation changes

Before the “Arab Spring” was even conceived, the Israeli air force (IAF) decided to make its Nevatim facility in southern Israel a major base for combat and transport squadrons.The Lockheed Martin F-35s the IAF plans to receive in 2017 will be based at Nevatim. This base will also receive the Lockheed Martin C-130Js that have […]

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Heron TP: the crash, the investigation, the time factor

The Israeli air force’s Heron TP (or Eitan) strategic unmanned air system (UAS) crashed on 29 January during a test flight, minutes after taking off from an air force base in central Israel. The investigation into the crash is currently at its initial stage.The test flight was carried out jointly by the air force and […]

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