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April 21, 2014 / 21 Nisan, 5774
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Israel Air Force Welcomes Lockheed Martin’s Super Hercules Aircraft

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

BE’ER SHEVA – The new “Samson” Squadron, a military transport plane purchased from the United States, was inaugurated into the Israel Air Force (IAF) today in the Nevatim airbase near Be’er Sheva. The modern aircraft, with a range of flight of nearly 4,000 km, will greatly strengthen the IAF aircraft fleet.

Known abroad as the “Super Hercules,” or C-130J-30, the IAF purchase of the Samson from Lockheed Martin, will replace the IAF’s aging Hercules C-130/H transport models.

Some of the Hercules aircraft have been in use by Israel for more than 40 years. The Lockheed Martin-made planes played a significant role in the Yom Kippur War as well as the Entebbe Operation to free hostages in 1976 and Operation Solomon to airlift Ethiopian Jews to Israel in 1991.

The current “Samson” aircraft is able to fly at faster speeds, higher altitudes and carry more weight. It allows for an improved carrying capacity, holding 94 paratroopers instead of the 64 paratroopers that the former version carried, and their equipment. Alternatively, the cargo hold can accommodate four military SUV’s instead of three, or transport 128 soldiers, according to the IAF website.

“The more cargo a plane is able to take, the fewer trips that are necessary to accumulate power on the battlefield,” explained Lieutenant Colonel Uri on the IAF website.

In addition, Israeli-made computer systems will be added to the plane, providing it with exclusive capabilities and making it stand out from other Hercules planes around the world.

According to the IAF, the new plane will work closely with ground forces. “The plan will mostly work with ground forces and to their benefit: it will transport forces, rescue them and know how to execute transport and supply missions for them with a degree of efficiency and safety,” said Lieutenant Colonel Uri on the IAF website.

Once the “Samson” undergoes test flights, the air crews of the IAF’s Elephants squadron will begin training on it, integrating the plane into the IAF aircraft fleet.

“For several months now, the future pilots of these massive planes have been training in flight simulators in the U.S. and Italy in order to familiarize themselves with its technological and operational innovations,” said Colonel A, the deputy commander of the IDF unit in charge of the “Samson” in a report on the official IDF blog.

The Hebrew name for the plane, Shimshon, is named after the biblical hero, Samson, the counterpart to its foreign name Hercules.

IAF Killes 3 Syrian Infiltrators

Saturday, March 29th, 2014

On Friday night, the Israeli Air Force (IAF) attacked 3 Arabs that infiltrated from Syria into Israel on the Golan Heights, near Kibbutz Ein Zivan.

Two of the infiltrators were killed, the third was injured.

At least one of the infiltrators was armed, and the IDF said they were trying to damage the security fence between the two countries.

Earlier this month, IDF soldiers were seriously injured from an explosion along the Syrian-Israel border.

US and Israeli Air Forces Join Hands for Military Medicine

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

The IDF’s Israeli Medical Corps and the U.S. Air Force signed a Memo of Understanding Wednesday that “lays the foundation for a deep and ongoing cooperation in areas of aviation medicine, mental health, academics and research,” the Israeli military announced.

The memo was signed at the conclusion of the Surgeon General of the United States Air Force, Lieutenant General (Dr.) Thomas W. Travis’s week-long visit in Israel, in which he was introduced to t activities of the IDF Medical Corps and the Israeli Air Force.

Combat Pilots Court-Martialed for Storing Secret Data on Phones

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

A military tribune has court martialed two Air Force combat pilots who were caught storing sensitive information, including operational maps, on their smartphones.

The two pilots were sentenced to five days in the brig, and another 12 pilots were disciplined for similar offenses. Other pilots explained they store the information so that it could be readily accessible.

The problem is what happens if one of the pilots loses a smartphone with the maps?

That is exactly what happened. The phone was recovered, and that is when investigators discovered that the sensitive information had been stored on the mobile device.

Israel Air Force Shows How It Bombs Terror Targets (Video)

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

The Israeli Air Force almost immediately retaliated to Wednesday night’s multiple rocket attacks on Israel and scored direct hits on an underground rocket launcher, a weapons storage facility and a factory manufacturing weapons.

The Iron Dome anti-missile system intercepted the rockets from Gaza before they could hit their targets in Ashkelon, approximately 5 miles from northern Gaza.

“The IDF response was precise, swift and efficient in eliminating terror capabilities that only exist in order to terrorize, kill and maim Israelis,” said IDF Spokesman Lt. Col. Peter Lerner.

The video below shows how it was done.


IDF Retaliates Following Rocket Attacks after Sharon’s Funeral

Monday, January 13th, 2014

The Israeli Air Force targeted two terror sites in central and southern Gaza early Monday evening in retaliation for two rocket attacks near Sderot in the northern Negev shortly after the former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon was buried nearby at his Shikmim Farm home.

The IDF confirmed “direct hits” on the targets, which were identified only as part of the terrorist infrastructure in Gaza. No injuries were reported.

“The terrorists and their infrastructure operating in the Gaza Strip will not succeed in their grotesque intentions,” said IDF Spokesman Lt. Col. Peter Lerner. “The IDF will seek them out, eliminate their capabilities and pursue them wherever they may hide. Hamas and its terrorist servants are not immune; it is our moral obligation and calling to protect Israel against such atrocious acts. ”

Hamas fired two rockets early Monday morning, drawing a stern warning from the IDF not to shoot during the funeral.

The terrorist organization honored the request but immediately returned to action minutes after Sharon was buried.

Weather Forecast: Chance of Rockets Raining on Sharon’s Funeral

Monday, January 13th, 2014

The Israel Air Force (IAF) and General Security Services (Shabak) are on high state of alert ahead of former Prime Minister Sharon’s funeral, according to a report in Maariv.

Ariel Sharon is to be buried Monday in his Negev “Sycamore Ranch” (“Havat Shikmim”), which is within range of Gaza’s rockets.

There is concern within the security forces that the Gazans might decide to shoot rockets at the funeral, and so, have launched “Operation Kalaniot” to try to prevent any rockets from being launched and hitting the ranch during the funeral.

An Iron Dome anti-rocket system will also be deployed to protect the funeral.

In 2007, a rocket from Gaza hit and exploded on the ranch.

After Sharon pulled Israel out of the Gaza Strip, Gaza became a terror base that has put millions of Israelis within rocket range of Gaza’s terrorists, and semi-regularly requires that residents of Israel’s south go into bomb shelters and reinforced sewer pipes so as to not get injured or killed from falling rockets.

Israel’s security has significantly diminished since the 2005 expulsion of Jews from their homes in Gush Katif and Gaza.

US Secretary of State John Kerry is pushing current Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to make even deeper expulsions and pullouts from additional Israeli territories.

Air Force Bombs Terror Sites in Gaza

Friday, January 3rd, 2014

The Israeli Air Force late Thursday night aircraft targeted a terror infrastructure site in central Gaza and three concealed rocket launchers in the northern Gaza area. Earlier in the evening, terrorists from Hamas-controlled Gaza fired a Kassam rocket that exploded near a residential area in the Western Negev but without causing injuries or damage. It exploded.

It was the first rocket of the young year. In 2013, more than 36 rockets launched from Gaza exploded in Israel, and three of them were intercepted by the Iron Dome Missile Defense System.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/air-force-bombs-terror-sites-in-gaza/2014/01/03/

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