Tag Archive for Air Defense Command

IDF deploys Patriot missile battery near Eilat


Israel’s Air Defense Command replaces outdated Hawk anti-missile missile defense with upgraded American Patriot missile interceptor.

By Yoav Zitun


A Patriot missile battery was deployed near Eilat in mid-April, as part of an IDF plan to assure permanent protection of the resort city’s sky. Deployed by the Air Defense Command of the IAF, the new Patriot battery replaced the aging Hawk anti-missile platform which was permanently deployed in the area.

Patriot battery near Eilat (Photo: Meir Ochion)

Patriot battery near Eilat – Photo: Meir Ochion

The new Patriot battery includes an advanced radar system; it is expected to provide a strategic response to ballistic missiles, enemy warplanes, and attack UAVs. Continue Reading »

Israel puts its Air Defense Command on display

Israel’s Air Defense Command commemorates the 1973 Yom Kippur War by showing off its modern advanced anti-missile systems.

By Israel Today Staff


The Air Defense Command branch of the Israel Air Force held a day-long demonstration of its modern capabilities last week in the southern Negev region.

Photo: The "Arrow" system, which is responsible for defending Israel from long-range ballistic missiles, is expected to undergo a series of improvements in 2013http://iaf.co.il/4392-40415-en/IAF.aspx

The “Arrow” system, which is responsible for defending Israel from long-range ballistic missiles. – Israel Air Force photo courtesy IDF’s Spokesperson’s Office

The event was a commemoration of the 1973 Yom Kippur War, during which the command, then known as the Anti-Aircraft Command, played a major role.

As the military forces of Syria and Egypt pressed their early advantage thanks to a successful surprise attack on the holiest day on the Jewish calendar, the Anti-Aircraft Command managed to down 54 enemy aircraft, allowing the reeling Israeli forces time to recover and regroup for a crushing counter-offensive. Continue Reading »