Israel is in the running to replace Bulgaria’s aging MiG-29s after Sofia gave the green light to replace its Soviet-designed jets.
Bulgaria’s parliament approved the plan to buy the jets in June in order to improve its compliance with NATO standards – which it joined in 2004 – in a 3.5 billion leva (NIS 7.4 billion) military modernization project.
US Air Force hosts 2016 Red Flag exercise with the IAF flying F-16i at Nellis Air Base, Nevada.
Other than acquiring new refueling tanker, Chinook transport helicopters etc, new jet-fighters developed from the original F-15 will be a completely new edition with Israeli avionics and be known as the IA F-15 (an acronym for Israel Advanced) and would include improved features, including certain stealth capabilities. • The deal is expected to be spread out over 10 years. Last Boeing deal was 20 years ago.
By Yoav Limor
Israel is considering the purchase of new F-15 fighter jets for its air force as part of the largest defense deal in Israel’s history.
The deal with aircraft manufacturer Boeing, worth a combined $11 billion, is likely to include three main components: A fleet of fighter jets, a fleet of transport helicopters and aerial refueling tankers. Continue Reading »
WATCH: IDF jets strike two Hamas military bases and a weapons production factory in Gaza in response to the continued incendiary kites and bobby-trapped balloons being launched from the Palestinian terror enclave at Israel. – 3 home-made rockets fired at Israel during early morning hours, one likely fell inside Gaza.
By Yoav Zitun, Liad Osmo
Israel Air Force jets attacked nine Hamas targets in the northern Gaza Strip early Monday, in what were the most significant strikes in the fight against the incendiary kites and balloons terrorism.
The strikes hit two military bases in Jabalia, Al-Shati and a weapons production facility in Gaza City. Continue Reading »
• WATCH: Israel Air Force destroyed 65 targets operated by Hamas in Gaza. • Iron Dome continues to intercept Palestinian fired rockets over the skies of southern Israel.
By Elad Benari
IAF fighter jets, attack helicopters, and aircraft struck 25 military targets belonging to the Hamas terror organization in Gaza overnight Tuesday, the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit said.
The target strikes included sheds of drones used for terror purposes, a rocket manufacturing workshop, advanced naval weaponry, military compounds, training facilities, and a munitions manufacturing site.
“This is an additional strike against military targets belonging to the Hamas terror organization, which is accountable for activity from the Gaza Strip, and therefore is responsible for the severe attacks that were carried out against Israeli civilians,” said the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit in a statement. Continue Reading »
Along with dozens of other air force chiefs visiting Israel for a special military conference, India’s Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa conveys in an interview: ‘The IAF is committed to defending peace and stability. Israel not only has aerial capabilities, it knows how to use them.’
By Hanan Greenwood
The Israeli Air Force is held in high regard worldwide and it has demonstrated multiple times that it has a wide range of capabilities it does not shy away from exercising, India’s air force commander said Wednesday.
Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa and dozens of other air force chiefs are in Israel for a weeklong visit, attending a conference hosted by the IAF in honor of Israel’s 70th year. Continue Reading »
According to a Kuwaiti report, two Israel Air Force Adir stealth fighter jets entered Iranian airspace, via Syria & Iraq unnoticed, including undetected by the Russian radar systems located in Syria.
BY YASSER OKBI/ MAARIV HASHAVUA, JPOST.COM STAFF
Two Israeli F-35 fighter jets entered Iranian airspace over the past month, Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Jarida reported on Thursday. The act is a signal of heightened regional tensions, especially in light of recent Israeli military attacks in Syria, including against Iranian bases in the country.
Sources quoted in Al-Jarida stated that two stealth fighters flew over Syrian and Iraqi airspace to reach Iran, and even targeted locations in the Iranian cities Bandar Abbas, Esfahan and Shiraz. Continue Reading »
Boeing’s CH-47 Chinook will have advanced design composite rotor blades, allowing for the maximum gross weight to increase from 50k pounds to 54k pounds and its payload to increase from 19,278 lb to 22,207 lb.
The IDF Ground Forces Command plans to recommend Boeing’s CH-47 Chinook tandem-rotor helicopter to the Israel Air Force as it modernizes its heavy-lift helicopter fleet, a senior officer has said.
Speaking to reporters during a briefing in central Israel last week, the senior officer said the command will recommend the Chinook over Lockheed Martin’s CH-53K King Stallion by Sikorsky, which is the main competition in the contract to replace Israel’s aging Yasur helicopters. Continue Reading »
In a news statement made on Syrian state TV, Israeli jets attacked Syrian territory 3 times early Tuesday morning along with ground-to-ground missiles, causing damage to what rebels called on social media, ‘arms depots.’ – The news statement said Syrian air defenses hit one of the IAF planes.
By Liad Osmo, Reuters
Israel attacked Syrian territory three times early on Tuesday with jets and ground-to-ground missiles, Syria’s army said in a statement carried by state television.The army said Israeli jets fired missiles at the Al-Qutaifa area near Damascus from inside Lebanese airspace at 2:40 am, and that Syrian air defenses hit one of the planes. Continue Reading »
In response to multiple mortar fire on southern Israel, the IDF responded strongly in Gaza; despite no damage or injuries from the attacks yesterday were reported, an IDF spokesperson said, “The IDF will continue to use all means to thwart attempts to attack the citizens of Israel. The IDF will not allow any breach of Israeli sovereignty.”
Israeli fighter jets bombed “terror targets” in the Gaza Strip in retaliation for rocket fire at southern Israel, a military spokesperson said early on Thursday.
“In response to the projectiles fired at southern Israeli communities throughout yesterday from the Gaza Strip, IAF (Israeli air force) fighter jets targeted a significant terror infrastructure in the Gaza Strip,” Israeli forces said in a statement.
While a contingent from the Indian Air Force were participating in the Blue Flag exercise, 16 visiting Indian commandos, part of their 45-man delegation, were training with the Israeli Air Force’s elite Shaldag unit and Unit 669, the Airborne Combat, Search & Rescue Unit.
Bringing together air force units from 7 different countries in southern Israel, the 11 day Blue-Flag drill is set to be the largest aerial drill ever hosted by the Israel Air Force.
Delegations from seven visiting air forces—Greece, Poland, Italy, USA and for the first time also India, France and Germany—on Sunday began Blue Flag 2017, the biggest ever version of the Blue Flag bi-annual joint military exercise hosted by Israel.
“Blue-Flag” 2015 – IAF Archive Photo/IDF Spokesperson’s Unit
Close to 100 aircraft and more than a thousand support crew and pilots from seven different air forces will take part in the 11-day drill taking place in IAF’s Ovda Base north of Eilat, while officers and attaches from nearly 40 other countries are expected to attend the exercise which the Israel Air Force has described as aiming to “simulate extreme combat scenarios and coalition flights as realistically as possible.”
Greece’s defense minister says his country is planning an eastern Mediterranean exercise that will include the participation of Cyprus, Israel, Egypt and other European countries’ air force in an effort to increase stability in the region.
By Arutz Sheva Staff
Greece’s defense minister said on Sunday plans are being drawn up for joint air force drills with Cyprus, Israel, Egypt and other European countries as part of efforts to bolster stability in the eastern Mediterranean, The Associated Press reports.
The remarks by Panos Kammenos came after a military parade in the Cypriot capital to commemorate the 57th anniversary of the ethnically divided island’s independence. Continue Reading »
Tweaked by Israeli ingenuity, the IAF’s new generation C-130J Super Hercules, nicknamed “Samson,” headlines Israel’s pavilion at the world’s largest military air show, showcasing the integral part the aircraft plays in Israel’s humanitarian aid missions around the world.
By Lilach Shoval & Israel Hayom Staff
The Israeli Air Force on Friday was scheduled to present its tactical transport plane in the prestigious Royal International Air Tattoo show, the world’s largest annual military air show, held in support of the Royal Air Force Charitable Trust.
IAF’s “Samson” and the Israeli Air Force crew at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire, Thursday – Photo: IDF Spokesperson’s Unit
Twenty-eight countries, including Israel, the U.S., France, Germany, Australia, Canada, Japan, Jordan and Pakistan, are participating in the three-day show, which is expected to attract over 150,000 spectators over the weekend. Continue Reading »
While the new F-35i “Adir” stealth fighter didn’t participate in the drill, 30 IAF planes from the 69 Squadron which flies the F-15i Ram took part in the south of Israel out of the Air Force’s Uvda airbase near Eilat, flying alongside USAF F-15 jets.
American and Israeli pilots successfully completed a two-week long joint drill in Israeli skies this past week with an emphasis on destroying mobile enemy targets, a senior Air Force official said on Sunday.
“It is important that in a changing and complex environment, especially due to the challenging and dynamic environment we find ourselves in, to know to to react quickly,” the senior officer told reporters, emphasizing that this sort of exercise is significant response to these challenges. Continue Reading »
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