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Israeli Air Force
Israel hits Hamas targets after rocket launched on Israel
Among the eight sites in Gaza struck by the Israeli Air Force were a training camp, weapons’ storage facility and military compound belonging to Hamas.
Report: Russia will start to demand extra notice of Israeli airstrikes over Syria
If it goes into place, the demand would limit Israel’s freedom of movement and military success in Syria, endangering Israeli pilots and giving Iranian agents based there more time to hide or protect targets.
Yom Kippur War
Pilot Giora Epstein, 1973: ‘Then I was told, the Egyptian and Syrian air forces are on the way … ’
Brig.-Gen (ret.) Giora Epstein, the Israeli Air Force combat pilot who shot down more enemy aircraft than any other pilot since World War II, tells JNS about his battles with the Egyptian air force in the Yom Kippur War.
Pilots mark planes used to bomb Syrian nuclear reactor in anniversary ceremony
Noting the 11-year anniversary of the destruction of Syrian President Bashar Assad’s secret nuclear reactor in Deir el-Zour, the Israeli Air Force conducted a ceremony emblazoning warplanes that took part in the strike with special markings.
American pilot who made history for Israel’s Air Force to be laid to rest at Arlington
The last surviving member of the mostly American non-Jewish squadron “Machal 101,” Gideon Lichtman helped stop the advance of the Egyptian army on Tel Aviv.
Israeli Air Force appoints first female pilot to command a flight squadron
The pilot, Major G, will be promoted to the rank of lieutenant colonel in the Nachshon Squadron, which operates surveillance aircraft.
The growth and operational capabilities of the IDF
Kenneth S. Brower
Today, Israel stands out as the dominant military power in the Middle East. It has been able to accomplish this while reducing the burden of defense expenditure on its gross national product from a peak of 24 percent in the post-1973 war years to about 6 percent today.
Half of Syria’s air defenses destroyed by IAF in recent months
“The risks are all around us—whether it is instability in Syria or in Lebanon, where Hezbollah is a forward [Iranian] division, or Hamas, which gets its support from Iran. Iran is all over, offensively trying to operate against Israel, and we have to weigh and asses the risks constantly as we operate against this aggression,” a senior IDF source said.
Israel is world’s first country to attack with F-35s
Israel Air Force commander Maj. Gen. Amikam Norkin told foreign air-force commanders that Israel was the first country in the world to carry out military attacks with the F-35 stealth fighter jet.
From JNS's Military Correspondent
Analysis: Latest Israeli airstrike in Syria likely stopped new Iranian threat
Amid fallout from chemical weapons attack, Israel enforces its own red lines in Syria, while sending a message to Iran and Hezbollah.
Israeli F16 shot down by Syria in dramatic military escalation
IAF planes reportedly came under fire from as many as 25 anti-aircraft missiles from four different types of Russian-made air-defense systems. IAF was retaliating after an Iranian drone penetrated Israeli airspace.
Israel completes $1.17 billion defense deal with Italy
Israel and Italy finalized a $1.17 billion reciprocal procurement deal Sunday, with the Jewish state delivering a second advanced reconnaissance jet to the Italian Air Force.