Posts Tagged ‘F-16’
Lebanese sources are reporting that a large number of IAF fighter planes are currently overflying Lebanon. The Lebanese army has said that the IAF has not attacked.
Hundreds of US Air Force personnel have arrived to Israel for the purpose of participating in the joint “Juniper Stallion 13″ exercise, one of the largest exercises held together by Israel and the US.
Dozens of US Air Force and IAF squadrons are presently located at the IDF Nevatim Airbase ahead of the exercise, which begins on Monday and will continue over the course of the week. Juniper Stallion will see F-15 and F-16 fighters carry out numerous air-to-air exercises. According to IDF sources, Juniper Stallion is part of a series of annual exercises that will be carried out by the two countries.
US Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro, who welcomed US forces arriving for the exercise in Israel, stated that “Juniper Stallion 13 is a bilateral exercise intended to improve the cooperation between our two air forces”. Ambassador Shapiro added that the exercise represented “another chapter in the unprecedented security partnership between the US and Israel.”
The Air Force has released video of its 669 search and rescue unit that brought to safety the pilot and navigator of an F-16i training jet whose engines stopped in mid-air Sunday, forcing the two-man team to eject themselves and parachute into the sea as the jet broke up in mid-air.
They had managed to send out a distress call before ejecting from the plane and waited for approximately one hour in the sea until the rescue team brought them out of danger.
Security officials and aides to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu ordered his helicopter to halt its flight route in mid-air and to land after the Israeli Air Force spotted an enemy drone approaching northern Israel Thursday.
The Prime Minister was on his to war to tour the Galilee when the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) was spotted off the Haifa coast in the early afternoon.
While the helicopter pilot made an unscheduled landing, F-16 war planes and attack helicopters scrambled into the air.
The drone came within five nautical miles of the Mediterranean Coast when an F-16 blew it up. The Navy conducted a search for fragments of the drone, which anonymous military sources said was manufactured in Iran for Hezbollah.
A gag order on the attempted infiltration was lifted approximately two hours later. By that time, Prime Minister Netanyahu has safely returned to the air and attended a Druze cultural event.