• Preparing for the Cyber Threat

    The "Ofek" Unit, the IAF's software unit, is preparing for its future challenges. In the midst of a strategic process, and in the summation of a year in which an assigned cyber unit for the IAF was established, the Commander of "Ofek" tells us about the need to adapt the unit to events as they happen and lead the IAF into the next decades

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Not Lost in Translation

Talya Yariv | Photography: The "Knights of the Yellow Bird" Squadron and the "Elephants" Squadron | Translation: Ohad Zeltzer ZubidaThe IAF's tactical transport aircraft were the first foreign aircraft to take part in the "Southern Strike" training exercise which took place in Mississippi, U.S. For two weeks, the "Hercules C-130" "Karnaf" (Hebrew for rhinoceros) and the "Super Hercules C-130J" "Shimshon" (Hebrew for Samson) trained for joint missions and close cooperation with the U.S Special Forces and brought the cooperation between the two to a new level

ISTAR's Stars

Liat BloombergerThe secrecy surrounding the ISTAR unit makes it almost impossible to report on. Its staff has all gone through a long and difficult training program and work hard around the clock to gather information and produce intelligence reports. In short, it's a small unit that, very quietly, makes a big impact

‎Ben Gurion Airport, Watch Out

Shani PhaisIt's not just another airport where you can enjoy the duty free or a restaurant meal as you wait for your flight abroad. Spaceport America is intended for the first private flights to space. Work is already underway, and for those who want to be an astronaut (and have the financial means), the dream is closer than ever.

More Than Protection

Noa Fenigshtein | Translated by: Ofri AharonThe helmet that rests on the heads of the aircrew members does much more than protect their heads. Developments in the field has allowed for pilots to receive information without lifting a finger and to launch missiles towards enemy aircraft just by looking in their direction

The New Black

Nadav Berger | Translation: Ofri AharonSince the IAF's establishment in 1948, many different airplanes have flown Israel's skies, but few have left a mark in history like the "Black Spit" of the late Ezer Weizman, former Israeli President and IAF commander. Recently, the airplane was remodeled and is ready for take off

Sitting in Nevada, Bombing in Afghanistan

Eilon Tohar | Translation: Ohad Zeltzer ZubidaTommy arrives at a register in a convenience store on his way home and is asked about his flight suit. "Just today I bombed six terrorists in Pakistan", he replies to the cashier, who of course doesn't believe him  

The Long Leg

Credit: Shahar Zorani | Ohad Zeltzer Zubida31 Years have passed since Operation "Wooden Leg" in which the IAF attacked the PLO terror organization Headquarters in Tunis, over 2,000 Kilometers from Israel. It was the farthest operation that the "Long Arm" of the IDF executed and it carried a clear and important message aimed at terror organizations. The two attacking squadron commanders still remember every detail - small and large

Airborne Alone

Yael Harari | Photography: Lior Dayan | Translation: Nikolai AvrutovRecently, a young pilot in training was forced to abandon its "Efroni" (T-6A) aircraft. When a pilot is forced to abandon its aircraft, he is forced to also abandon the feelings, thoughts, and understandings that accumulated over time. The physical challenge of ejecting from the plane is often accompanied by a mental challenge, which persists long after the pilot safely parachuted onto the ground. How to deal with an aircraft that "betrayed" you? How to handle the "noises" coming out of the engine of the next plane? Apparently, there is more than one answer

The “Sting” has landed

Noam Ofir | Udi Ezion | Nikolai AvrutovIn recent months, Russia negotiates the sales of MIG-29 fighter jets to Syria. This is a good time to recall that in 1997, under a heavy cloud of secrecy, three MIG-29 “Fulcrum” ("Sting" in Russian)) landed in Israel. For several weeks, Israeli test pilots learned the plane and its weapon systems inside and out, flown numerous hours, and tested the jet’s abilities when facing Israeli fighter jets

Bombing Hell

Gal Goldstein | Translation: Avrutov NikolaiThe question of whether or not it was possible to stop the mass murder at the Auschwitz death camp during WWII came up many times in recent decades. Sergeant El Webber, who flew on sorties over the death camp, shares his memories and thoughts

To shoot or not to be

Written by: Yael Harari | Translation: Nikolai AvrutovIn combat, a few seconds of hesitation may bear a heavy cost. This lesson, along with many others, helicopter air crews learned at a special workshop, conducted by the "Flying Dragon" squadron. With topics ranging from formation's leader responsibility, to life and death decision on the surface, workshop participants contemplated battle field dilemmas and the decisions to be made

Fifth Generation in Israel

Sivan GazitIt's one of only two fifth-generation combat aircraft in the world, a stealth jet with impressive fighting, bombing and transport capabilities, and for the IDF it's the aircraft of the future. The F-35 is already taking shape, and the Air Force is doing all it can to acquire it as fast as it can, in order to preserve its aerial supremacy in the Middle East.  


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June Around the World

This month, as the last, we gaze up at the stars, which continue surprising us, with a new moon for earth. As the human need to explore continues to rise, it is possible that the era when you and I will be able to travel to the stars - approaches

C-130J Super Hercules

The Hercules C-130J ("Shimshon") is a tactical heavy transport plane. The Hercules C-130J belongs to Hercules series of planes and it has advanced capabilities and is designed mostly for the benefit of joint missions with ground forces

Nevatim Airbase

Nevatim Airbase is located in the south of Israel, and is mostly used for tactical heavy transport planes. In April 2008 a new runway, the longest in the Middle East, was opened on the base. The F-35I is expected to land in Nevatim in late 2016.

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