Tag Archives | Lebanon

Time on the ground improves performance in the air

  The changing Israeli northern front requires the country’s air force to deal with new threats and instability in neighboring countries. This is why cadets from the Operational Training Course for the combat helicopter squadrons came to the northern border to “feel” the area without being enclosed behind cockpit windows and helmet.  The air force […]

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Very real threats and (another) night ghost attack

A dark night in the Syria-Lebanon border zone. Big flashes of fire, then silence again. Sounds of jet engines can be heard from the distance. A few minutes pass and then silence is restored. Another ghost attack in this area, and another set of speculations that Israel will not comment on. According to the foreign […]

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Unidentified fighter aircraft – the “shadow war” in the Middle East

Yesterday a newspaper in Kuwait reported that the Israeli airforce (IAF) had carried out a strike on a shipment of long-range missiles that were on their way from Syria to Hezbollah, the terror organization based in Lebanon. If this report is verified, and if other reports of Israeli strikes in Syria and Lebanon are confirmed, […]

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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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Operational continuity of the Israeli air force

ARIE EGOZI   Very realistic scenario: rockets launched from Gaza or Lebanon hit Israeli Air Force (IAF) bases. The squadrons have to perform a record number of missions, using the runways and other facilities that have been hit. The IAF is getting prepared for a situation in which its bases will be under heavy attacks […]

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UAS end-user agreements under scrutiny

The Israeli ministry of defence has become concerned about unmanned air vehicle export permits. Whether UAS are becoming a weapon of choice for terror organisations was discussed here a few weeks ago. It was a natural result of the efforts by Hezbollah to penetrate Israeli airspace with a drone. The UAS flew over the Mediterranean […]

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Meeting the demands of network centric warfare

It seems that network centric warfare (NCW) is the phrase of the moment in many armies and airforces.  But many that use it do not fully understand what it means. In some places the meaning is clear, critical and demands everyday solutions. When you talk with the Israeli Air Force (IAF), you hear the phrase […]

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The tools to detect, identify and destroy hostile UAS are needed now

The Israeli air force (IAF) has been taking steps to deal with unmanned air systems (UAS) used by hostile forces, since Hezbollah in Lebanon launched two of them into Israel in 2004 and 2006.However, the incursion of an Iranian-made UAS launched from Lebanon on October 6 tipped the scale in one very decisive blow.The UAS […]

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Detection, defection, aggression – the IAF’s state of alert

Israeli Air Force (IAF) jet fighters were scrambled on 11 August when a “suspicious target” was detected by the Israeli early warning system.   This could have been considered another routine false alarm. but it is symbolic of the situation. With turmoil in Syria and “unrest” continuing in Egypt, the IAF is on the edge. […]

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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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