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A Message to Iran – IAF Midair Refueling

Friday, October 11th, 2013

The Israeli Air Force (IAF) released a video, of what can only be called a clear message to Iran, that the IDF is fully capable of reaching the Iranian’s nuclear weapons plants, to destroy them.

Over the past week, the IDF has been training and drilling their long range offensive capabilities. Among the drills, was seeing how the IAF cooperated with a foreign army.

One of the highlights was the mid-air refueling (video below), that shows off the IAF’s long range capabilities.

IDF Closes Civilian Air Space in North

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

The IDF was scheduled to shut down civilian air space in the north as the United States prepares to attack Syria. Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz and the commanders of the Home Front and Air Force discussed the impending attack on Syria in an emergency meeting Thursday afternoon.

Additional defense measures were taken to protect the port city of Haifa.

Iron Dome Fell Short, Grads Hit Residential Areas

Friday, August 23rd, 2013

The Israel Air Force (IAF) is investigating how two Grad rockets from Lebanon managed to get through the Iron Dome defense system and hit two communities in Israel.

Initial reports said that Iron Dome intercepted one rocket, two of the rockets fell in open areas, and one landed in one the sea. It was reported that it was a fragment of an Iron Dome rocket that landed in a residential area.

It now turns out that two of the rockets that were thought to have landed in open areas both hit communities in the western Galilee.

One rocket hit Kibbutz Gesher HaZiv and the other rocket hit Moshav Shaei Zion.

One of the rockets hit the kitchen of a retirement home for Holocaust survivors in Moshav Shavei Zion.

No one was injured as the residents had gone to the bomb shelter as soon as the siren went off.

Air Force Flies over Lebanon, Rebels Claim IAF Hit Missile Convoy

Sunday, July 28th, 2013

Syrian rebels claimed on Saturday that the Israeli Air Force bombed a convoy of missiles headed from Syria for Hezbollah, while Lebanon reported that IAF planes flew over several regions of the country.

The Lebanese El-Nashra website reported that Israeli jets bombed Syrian posts.

.No other source has confirmed a strike on a missile convoy. Israel is assumed to have been previous aerial bombings  on convoys smuggling advanced weapons to Hezbollah terrorists.

 

669 Rescues Downed F-16 Pilots (Video)

Sunday, July 7th, 2013

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.

F-16 Breaks Up in Mid-Air near Gaza, Pilot and Navigator Rescued

Sunday, July 7th, 2013

Israel Air Force rescue crews have brought to safety the pilot and navigator of an “F-16i” training fighter jet that  broke up off the coast of Gaza Sunday afternoon after its engines mysteriously died.

The pilot, a training instructor, and the navigator who is is training, ejected themselves safely and parachuted to the sea, approximately 30 miles off the Gaza coast. They were able to send a distress call before they ejected, and they were rescued from the sea after approximately one hour

The military had clamped a gag order over the incidents for several hours, and no additional information is available except that all F-16i and F-15i training  planes have been grounded until an investigation is completed.

The Gaza region is particularly sensitive this week because of the tension in Egypt and terrorist activity in the Sinai Peninsula, immediately south and east of Gaza.

Israeli Air Force Shoots Down Hezbollah Drone

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

The Israeli Air Force shot down a drone approximately five nautical miles off the Haifa coast as it flew towards the Mediterranean Coast at a height of approximately 6,000 feet. No one has claimed responsibility for the attempted infiltration, but it is assumed that Hezbollah or an affiliated terrorist group tried to penetrate Israeli air space.

A gag order on the IAF interception with a missile fired from an F-16 jet was lifted approximately three hours after the drone was blown up in mid-air.

“Israel is prepared to deal with any threat posed from Syria or Lebanon in the air, land or sea,” Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said after the IDF announced the incident.

Last November, a drone managed to penetrate Israeli airspace and was downed only after it reached the southern Hevron Hills, approximately 15 miles northeast of Be’er Sheva.

The drone was identified over the Gaza coast. Security officials did not release additional information, and it was speculated – without any confirmation – that the drone may have been headed towards the Dimona nuclear facility but that the IDF electronically took over the drone and directed it over a relatively unpopulated area.

The infiltration also may simply have been an attempt by Hezbollah to test Israel’s ability to detect low-flying drones.

Thursday’s drone may be an attempt by Hezbollah to draw attention away from its involvement in Syria, where heavy casualties have been reported the past several days. Hezbollah’s intense fighting alongside loyalists to Syrian President Bashar Assad further endangers the spread of the civil war into Lebanon, dominated by pro-Assad and Hezbollah parties against fiercely anti-Syria parties.

Hezbollah is largely financed by Iran, and Ahmadinejad, Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah and Syrian President Bashar Assad desperately need each other. Once one of the links in the “evil of axis” falls, all of the regimes’ leaders will be in danger.

Mystery Helicopter Crash Kills Two Reservist Pilots

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

The Air Force is trying to find out what went wrong in the overnight helicopter crash that killed two veteran reservist pilots on a routine training flight between Tel Aviv and Be’er Sheva.

The names of the victims have not been released, but their families have been notified.

Hours before the crash, outgoing Defense Minister Ehud Barak told  Palmachim officers he always hopes that all IDF personnel return from duty alive and well.

The Cobra helicopter was on its way back to its Palmachim base around 1 a.m. when it crashed and broke up. An area resident reported that he saw an object falling from the air. The helicopter was not carrying a large amount of fuel and therefore did not catch fire during its descent or after crashing into an area water reservoir.

After contact was lost with the aircraft, a search party located the debris and the two dead bodies approximately four hours later.

Air Force Commander Major-General Amir Eshel grounded all Cobra helicopters and ordered an investigation to determine the cause of the crash.

A yeshiva student who saw the plane falling told Yediot Acharonot, “When we saw the mess in the air and the security forces, we went to help with the search. We went into the field and after several hundred yards, we found part of the helicopter’s main rotor. It’s fortunate the helicopter did not catch fire.”

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