Tag Archive for Israel Air Force

With newly approve budget, IDF widens nuclear sites attack training

Following a 2 year hiatus, the Israel Air Force resumes intensive training exercises in preparation for a possible preemptive attack on Iranian nuclear program installations.

By Arutz Sheva Staff


The Israeli Air Force has resumed training for a possible attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities after two years in which no such training had taken place, Channel 12 News reported.

IDF Chief of Staff Aviv Kochavi has even ordered a significant budget be used to facilitate the training exercises.

IDF Chief of Staff Aviv Kochavi – Photo: IDF Spokesperson’s Unit

The resumption of training for a possible attack on Iran is taking place against the background of American attempts to resume talks with the Iranians on a nuclear agreement. Continue Reading »

Israel Air Force grounds F-35i squadron

Following a crash in North Carolina of a U.S. Marine Corps F-35B, Israel grounds its fleet of ‘Adirs’ until an investigative checkup of the aircrafts is completed.

By Tzvi Lev


The Israeli Air Force decided to ground its fleet of F-35 fighter jets after the plane’s first ever crash last month in North Carolina.

During the crash, the Marine Corps F-35B was completely destroyed. A post-crash investigation found that a faulty fuel pipe in the engine caused the crash, leading the US to ground all of it’s F-35 planes until they can be given the once-over.

Similar to the aircraft that crashed, this British F-35B seen hovering at the Royal International Air Tattoo in 2016 – Photo: mod.uk

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Israeli jets destroy 9 Hamas facilities in retaliation to Gaza’s incendiary kites

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 »

Israel Air Force seeing record number of women qualifying for pilots course

IAF training squadron commander Maj. Daniel: “More women are applying for the screening than in the past, and we want more women to join the course. The goal is to get to the point where the pilots’ course is 50% women.”

By Lilach Shoval


A record number of women have made it through the latest screening week for potential cadets in the IDF’s prestigious two-year pilots training course. Women comprised 11% of the potential cadets in the intensive testing held last week, and approximately half of the female candidates who began the program completed it successfully, compared to 40% in 2016 and 30% in 2015. Continue Reading »

Meet today’s hero in uniform: Maj. ‘A’, Israel Air Force’s first Druze combat navigator

Maj. A. wanted to join the Israeli Navy’s illustrious ‘Shayetet 13’ frogmen unit, but found himself on the way to Air Force Flight Academy instead, while his fellow Druze friends took on other senior combat roles.
– “The uniforms I wear are a source of great pride to me and for the Druze sector,” admits Maj. A.

By Goel Beno


Maj. A.’s dream was to join the Shayetet 13 frogmen and dive deep underwater. Instead, he found himself flying high in the air after successfully finishing the Air Force Flight Academy and becoming the first Druze navigator in the IDF. Continue Reading »

Israel’s ‘Eyes in the Sky’ perform intelligence missions 24/7 to stay 4 steps ahead


Israel Air Force combines manned and unmanned aircraft in multiple, overlapping intelligence gathering missions in order to anticipate then neutralize future threats.



The Air Force’s reconnaissance aircraft have been flying more intelligence missions in light of rising threats along Israel’s borders and the continuing wave of Palestinian violence in the West Bank.

The small and unassuming Sde Dov Airport is tucked between the city’s Tel Aviv Port and the Ramat Aviv neighborhood, taking civilians away on vacation. But the hybrid civilian/military airport is also where the air force’s First Squadron planes is based, and took off to fly at least 6,000 hours in 2016 alone. Continue Reading »

On F-35 arrival to Israel, ‘Jewish conversion’ with ‘Made in Israel’ electronic systems


On the Dec. 12 arrival of the 1st two F-35 ‘Adir’ jets, still plagued with numerous glitches, the aircraft will be immediately fitted with ‘Made in Israel’ electronic systems making the stealth fighter the most advanced jet-fighter in the world.

By Aharon Lapidot


he development of the F-35 Lightning II stealth fighter has been the subject of widespread criticism over performance issues, but the Israeli Air Force has already made extensive preparations to welcome the next-generation aircraft, which will be known as the Adir.

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Israel Air Force celebrates 5 years with Iron Dome after 8000 enemy launches


view videoWATCH: Iron Dome’s 1st interception of a Palestinian rocket was fired from Gaza towards Ashkelon, and has performed more than 1,000 successful terror rocket interceptions from 8000 fired the system had identified.

By Yoav Zitun


It began with the historic interception of a rocket fired from northern Gaza towards an Ashkelon neighborhood, and since then it has performed more than 1,000 anti-rocket interceptions from 8000 launches the system has identified. These were carried out in seven rounds of escalation and two operations (Operation Pillar of Fire and Operation Protective Edge). The system’s success rate after five years is about ninety percent.

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Analysis: The cost of stealthiness isn’t worth the hype nor the product

Israel slashes the number of stealth F-35 fighter jets ordered from 31 to 14, due to its limited capabilities among other strategic concerns, as well as its price.

By Aharon Lapidot


Something important happened in Israel on November 5 of this year: the ministerial committee for the acquisition of new equipment firmly opposed the defense establishment’s demand for 31 stealth F-35 aircraft on top of the 19 already ordered. Strategic Affairs and Intelligence Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz led the unprecedented opposition to the deal, which was valued at roughly $4.5 billion, against Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon.
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New Israel Air Force bunker to be nuke protected


Pentagon is funding the newly renovated underground control stations that will be streamlined, improving synchronization & coordination during wartime.

By Yoav Zitun


Deep underground, the Air Force bunker at the Kirya base in Tel Aviv is being upgraded in a project that costs tens of millions of shekels.

Prime Minister Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ya'alon at the bunker with top IDF brass (Photo: Haim Tzah, GPO)

Prime Minister Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ya’alon at the bunker with top IDF brass – Photo: Haim Tzah, GPO

Among other things, the bunker’s defense is going to be upgraded to include protection from biological and nuclear weapons.

The project is only months from being done and operational testing of some of the new additions to the bunker are due to start soon. Continue Reading »

Report: How Israel Air Force drones kept civilian casualties to a minimum

In identifying targets that have a short lifespan, a new technique called Time Critical Targets uses drones to find them, gather enough intelligence to confirm that this is actually a terrorist, then calls for a F-16 or Apache helicopter to perform the attack.


HAIFA, Israel –  A single Syrian missile strike on a bakery near Hama killed more than 60 innocent civilians last week, so how did Israel manage to fire more than 1,500 high powered missiles into densely-populated Gaza in November, with the total loss of 161 lives, of which 90 have been acknowledged by Hamas itself as active combatants?

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Ukrainian, French, American, Danish nationals & 4 women among newest grads of IAF pilots.

50% of latest graduates are eldest sons or daughters, 74% are members of youth movements & the Air Force’s first religious woman to graduate.

By Lilach Shoval



The 165th class of Israel Defense Forces air force pilots will graduate this Thursday at a graduation ceremony to be attended by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Ehud Barak, Chief of General Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz and Air Force Commander Maj. Gen. Amir Eshel.

A new generation of pilots completes the 165th training course.-
Photo: IDF Spokesman’s Unit


Among this year’s graduates are four women, three of whom will serve as navigators and one who will serve as a flight engineer.

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