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A nightmare recalled

A situation like this is a nightmare for Israel’s top decision makers. The unsolved mystery of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 recalls such a nightmare – a passenger aircraft approaching Israel over the Mediterranean. It does not answer air traffic controllers, and does not obey orders given by Israeli air force (IAF) F-16s scrambled to meet […]

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Only minutes to react to threat, seconds to decide

The flight time between some very hostile countries and Israel’s densely populated centres is only minutes. This requires early warning sensors that are capable of detecting very small aerial platforms from great distances, but also a system that will build the complete aerial picture. This is needed for routine monitoring of the air space surrounding […]

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Superstitions, mascots and traditions all part of IAF legacy

Today something different, but in a way it’s part of the routine of the Israeli air force (IAF). In a very unusual move the IAF website has revealed some of the superstitions of the different squadrons. For example, why is there a donkey in the courtyard of the “Knights of the North” squadron? Which coin […]

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“Simulation Land” at the IAF Hazor air base

The Israeli air force’s “operational simulator” has been officially opened. When you hear the word “simulator”, you likely think of the cockpit of an aircraft that allows pilots to train on reacting to different situations encountered during a mission. The operational simulator at the IAF Hazor air base is something else. It’s a huge simulator […]

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The mission: verify that Syria is clean of chemical weapons

Israel is unlikely to rely on the UN to verify that the Syrian regime will comply with the resolution to get all chemical weapons out of Syria. The only acceptable proof will be achieved by Israeli-made sensors adapted to gather this information. This is mainly an aerial operation. International inspectors arrived in Damascus on Tuesday […]

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No room for doubt while IAF is on highest alert

When sensors are operated to their utmost capability and nerves are on edge, every small sign of danger gets the big apparatus called the Israeli air force moving fast and with full power. That is exactly what happened last Saturday, when the residents of central Israel could hear the roar of fighter jets above their […]

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Rescue training in the IAF – if needed, shoot your way to safety

When circumstances are unique, training and simulation must match. This is exactly what the Israeli air force (IAF) is implementing in a new programme. IAF pilots will train to improve their ejection and evacuation skills. One of the scenarios will be getting out of a helicopter downed over water that starts to sink – and […]

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The ‘Sparrows’ helping to prepare for ballistic missile attacks

As US action against the Syrian regime seems inevitable, the main burden of countering any reprisal by Syria falls on the Israeli air force (IAF). The Syrian army is weak – especially after two years of internal war. The only real force is the country’s considerable arsenal of Scud missiles and different types of rockets. […]

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Changing nature of wars prompts questions over fighters

Israel has initially expressed its intention to buy 75 Lockheed Martin F-35s. The first and only signed contract is for 20. More and more people in the Israeli defence establishment are beginning to ask questions. They are asking questions because wars have changed, especially in the Middle East. There are no more scenarios of thousands […]

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Focusing on UAS payloads, not airframes

The focus of industry efforts has turned towards improving the payloads carried by unmanned air systems (UAS), rather than the platforms themselves. The reason is simple – a UAS in most cases is actually a “truck” that has to take payloads to where they are needed to support operations, and get them back in one […]

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