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News and updates about Israel Air Force

1st time since 10/7:

Senior IAF officer says readiness was harmed by refusals to serve

Commander of Air Control and Flight School says reservists who refused to report for training to protest judicial reforms before October 7 were unprepared after the massacre.

Senior IAF officer says readiness was harmed by refusals to serve

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First UAV squadron that identified Hamas terrorists on October 7

New documentation disclosed by Israel Air Force's UAV squadron sent to the Gaza Strip reveals the immense number of terrorists that infiltrated Israel on the day of the massacre.

First UAV squadron that identified Hamas terrorists on October 7

Patriot system ends its service in the Israel Air Force

The Patriot weapon system, which has intercepted 19 targets, 9 of them in the current war, from 2014 to today, is now being replaced by a more advanced technological system.

Patriot system ends its service in the Israel Air Force

Dozens of interceptions in minutes: How Iran's attack was handled

IDF releases details of the management of the defense of the country during Iran's drone and missile attack Saturday night.

Dozens of interceptions in minutes: How Iran's attack was handled

Chief of Staff:

“We are very clear - no stone will remain unturned”

Chief of the General Staff: “The start was very difficult. It was very hard to even imagine such a difficult start. But we persevered, albeit at a very high cost, and we regained our composure and gained the strength to launch a very high-quality and powerful offensive, and we will forcefully continue with it until we achieve all our objectives in this war.

“We are very clear - no stone will remain unturned”

Gallant:

'Smoke will cover Gaza until we achieve our goals'

Defense Minister Yoav Gallant takes part in flight over Gaza, sees up close the attacks against Hamas targets.

'Smoke will cover Gaza until we achieve our goals'

Squadron 107 officer:

'Huge pride, protecting our home and country'

Major M., technical officer in Squadron 107, talks about the significant preparatory work before the Air Force planes strike Hamas.

'Huge pride, protecting our home and country'

Gallant:

'Hamas members have 2 options, unconditional surrender or death'

Defense Minister meets Air Force pilots and crew at Nevatim base, says 'every missile has an address.'

'Hamas members have 2 options, unconditional surrender or death'

Israel Air Force commander:

'The Air Force will not be the same'

Air Force Commander Tomer Bar: The damage to competence is limited but is deepening.

'The Air Force will not be the same'

IDF condemns video showing pilots refusing to help soldiers

Minister Miki Zohar deletes video showing air force pilots demanding to know political opinions of soldier begging for aid during battle.

IDF condemns video showing pilots refusing to help soldiers

4 air force pilots refuse to report for duty

Refusals follow passage of limitation of reasonableness standard in first reading.

4 air force pilots refuse to report for duty

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Hamas launches missiles at Israel Air Force planes

Hamas' military arm releases video documenting firing of anti-aircraft missiles at Israel Air Force planes.

Hamas launches missiles at Israel Air Force planes

Judicial Reform Protest:

200 IAF pilots refuse to show up for reserve duty

Some 200 Israel Air Force reserve pilots inform IAF commander they will not be taking part in reserve duty in protest of judicial reform.

200 IAF pilots refuse to show up for reserve duty

Elite reserve pilots will report to base tomorrow

37 pilots to come to base as scheduled for discussions with commanders after saying they would skip training to protest judicial reforms.

Elite reserve pilots will report to base tomorrow

Hesder rabbi:

'Pilots who refuse to show up for training should leave the IDF'

Rabbi Baruch Ganut, former deputy commander of the IAF F-15 squadron's refusal to report for duty in protest against judicial reforms.

'Pilots who refuse to show up for training should leave the IDF'

37 elite reserve pilots refuse to show up for training

Over 90% of elite 69th "Hammers" Squadron announce they will protest judicial reforms rather than return to base for scheduled training.

37 elite reserve pilots refuse to show up for training

Ex-Chief of Israel Air Force

'Social unity, not just by military prowess is key to our power'

Heartwarming glimpse of the IAF pilots who visited the Shalva National Center in Jerusalem to work with children with disabilities.

'Social unity, not just by military prowess is key to our power'

Israel Air Force expands fighter jet training center

IAF to get new hi-tech flight training simulators for F-15 and F-16 pilots at Hatzor Air Force Base.

Israel Air Force expands fighter jet training center

As Iran nuclear talks continues, Israel buys 4 refueling tankers

Israel's air force to acquire four refueling aircraft, extending the operational range of warplanes for long-range strategic strikes.

As Iran nuclear talks continues, Israel buys 4 refueling tankers

After 17 years:

144th UAV Squadron Reopened at Hatzor Air Force Base

Squadron closed in 2005 renewed, will operate the new 'Spark' UAV.

144th UAV Squadron Reopened at Hatzor Air Force Base

Israeli and Greek air forces hold joint exercise over Israel

Greek and Israeli air forces simulate air-to-air combat and airborne refueling scenarios during joint exercise.

Israeli and Greek air forces hold joint exercise over Israel

IAF takes part in “Iniohos” joint exercise in Greece

IAF trains with air forces from US, Greece, France, Italy, Canada, Cyprus and Slovenia.

IAF takes part in “Iniohos” joint exercise in Greece

'Desert Falcon' international air force exercise ends

This week concluded an important milestone where U.S Air Force and the Israel Air Force practiced tackling attack strategies together.

'Desert Falcon' international air force exercise ends

'Significant milestones'

US will sell Israel 12 new helicopters, two tankers

Israel's Defense Min. signs an agreement with US gov't to acquire 12 Lockheed Martin CH-53K helicopters, 2 Boeing KC-46 refueling aircraft.

US will sell Israel 12 new helicopters, two tankers

Watch: Israeli F-15s escort American bomber

Israeli Air Force F-15 fighter jets escort American B-1B bomber over Israeli skies towards the surrounding bay.

Watch: Israeli F-15s escort American bomber

Air Force resumes training to attack Iran nuclear sites

After 2 years, IAF resumes exercises in preparation for possible attack on Iranian nuclear program.

Air Force resumes training to attack Iran nuclear sites

IAF, US defense officials meet to plan air defense cooperation

Top Israel Air Force officials met with US air defense officers in bid to bolster cooperation and combat readiness.

IAF, US defense officials meet to plan air defense cooperation

US Air Force pilots will train on Israeli F-16s

Israel has sold 29 surplus F-16 aircraft which will be employed as Adversary Aircraft for US Air Force training.

US Air Force pilots will train on Israeli F-16s

IAF Commander opposes US sale of F-35 to UAE

Air Force commander says a situation in which more advanced aircraft are moving in the region is less ideal for Israel.

IAF Commander opposes US sale of F-35 to UAE

IAF planes attack Gaza Hamas targets in response to rocket fire

IDF Spokesman announces during attack on Saturday, weapons production site, underground infrastructure, military position damaged.

IAF planes attack Gaza Hamas targets in response to rocket fire

Israel's 'First Jet Squadron' retires after 67 years

Air Force closes 117th Squadron which has fought in all of Israel's wars since 1953. Commanders, pilots to be reassigned within the corps.

Israel's 'First Jet Squadron' retires after 67 years

In symbolic first, Israeli fighter pilots train in Germany

Israeli Air Force F-16s to fly over Munich, Dachau concentration camp during joint military exercises in Germany.

In symbolic first, Israeli fighter pilots train in Germany

Israeli fighter planes to head to Germany for 1st joint exercise

Israeli Air Force to carry out joint exercises with the Luftwaffe for the first time ever, including visit to Dachau concentration camp.

Israeli fighter planes to head to Germany for 1st joint exercise

Watch: The new wing of the Israeli Air Force

IDF establishes new wing in Israel Air Force, bringing together special ops units including the Shaldag Unit and Unit 669.

Watch: The new wing of the Israeli Air Force

Holocaust survivor never thought she’d see this

The unbelievable moment Holocaust survivor Lila sees her grandson flying over her home in Israel!

Holocaust survivor never thought she’d see this

'We made a mistake not evacuating Air Force bases'

Senior IAF official says base which flooded should've been among those evacuated prior to storm.

'We made a mistake not evacuating Air Force bases'

IDF fighter jets damaged in winter flooding

Israeli Air Force fighter jets damaged after hangars flooded during winter storms. Damage could cost millions to repair.

IDF fighter jets damaged in winter flooding

Israel Air Force gearing up for Blue Flag

Israel to host Blue Flag aerial exercises, with teams from US, Germany, Italy, and Greece. First-ever int'l exercise in Israel with F-35s.

Israel Air Force gearing up for Blue Flag

Plane accidentally fired missile at Syria

Pilot accused of recklessness for launching missile at suspicious target without identifying target first.

Plane accidentally fired missile at Syria

IAF practicing Independence Day flyovers

Israeli Air Force releases schedule for practice runs for Independence Day flyovers.

IAF practicing Independence Day flyovers

Will Haredim soon join the Israeli Air Force?

Is Israel's Air Force the next frontier for haredi integration into the IDF?

Will Haredim soon join the Israeli Air Force?

Two injured in air force accident

Israeli Air Force transport plane undergoing maintenance work begins moving - with workers still operating on plane.

Two injured in air force accident

IAF, British Air Force to hold joint training exercise

Israel's air force invited to joint training exercise with UK.

IAF, British Air Force to hold joint training exercise

The New Right's latest recruit: An F-16 fighter pilot

Israeli Air Force Colonel Matan Kahana joins Knesset list of party formed by Naftali Bennett and Ayelet Shaked.

The New Right's latest recruit: An F-16 fighter pilot

Rabbi Eli Sadan: Now all Ethiopians can feel they can succeed

Leading religious Zionist rabbi says first Ethiopian Israeli pilot proves value of integration for Ethiopian community, Israeli society.

Rabbi Eli Sadan: Now all Ethiopians can feel they can succeed

Israeli Air Force's newest pilots to receive their wings

Graduates of Israeli Air Force's 177th flight course to receive their pilot's wings.

Israeli Air Force's newest pilots to receive their wings

Syrian missile fired at Israel found in Golan Heights

Remnants of missile fired from Syria towards Israeli aircraft found in northern Israel.

Syrian missile fired at Israel found in Golan Heights

Syria: IAF attacks Iranian targets

Syrian media report attack on territory with known Iranian presence.

Syria: IAF attacks Iranian targets

IAF looks to maintain strategic edge with 'Blue and White Flag'

IDF hosts air units from six nations at 'Sky Angels' rescue training operation, while IAF works to maintain air superiority in parallel op.

IAF looks to maintain strategic edge with 'Blue and White Flag'

Disaster averted as Israeli F-16's brakes fail during landing

Israeli F-16I fighter jet nearly crashes into IAF base during landing, after landing brakes malfunction.

Disaster averted as Israeli F-16's brakes fail during landing

IDF helps rescue Jordanian children trapped by flood

Israeli Air Force assisting in rescue of children trapped in Jordanian bus by flood waters after request by Jordanian government.

IDF helps rescue Jordanian children trapped by flood

Israel's stealth F-35 squadron returned to active duty

F-35 fleet of fighters grounded following crash of US Marines craft. Following extensive examination, Israeli planes restored to service.

Israel's stealth F-35 squadron returned to active duty

Israel: Syria, not IDF shot down Russian plane

IDF acknowledges strike in Syria - but says downed Russian plane was accidentally hit by Syrian missiles after Israeli jets had left.

Israel: Syria, not IDF shot down Russian plane

US volunteer Israeli Air Force to be buried in Arlington

American fighter pilot who volunteered in Israeli Air Force during War of Independence to be buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

US volunteer Israeli Air Force to be buried in Arlington

IAF strikes 12 terror targets in Gaza after rocket barrage

Red Alert siren sounds again after rocket barrage from Gaza injures 2. IAF strikes 12 targets.

IAF strikes 12 terror targets in Gaza after rocket barrage

Report: Israeli jets hit Syria

Arab media outlets claim Israeli fighter jets hit targets in Syria.

Report: Israeli jets hit Syria

Watch: Israel Air Force graduation airshow

Air force academy puts on special graduation airshow.

Watch: Israel Air Force graduation airshow

Watch: Israel Air Force hits Gaza terrorists

Israeli aircraft target Hamas positions across Gaza Strip in retaliation for wave of balloon bomb, terror kite attacks.

Watch: Israel Air Force hits Gaza terrorists

IDF hits Gaza terrorists launching 'balloon bombs'

Israeli aircraft hit vehicle used by Gaza terrorists, fires warning shots towards terror cell preparing incendiary balloons for launch.

IDF hits Gaza terrorists launching 'balloon bombs'

Israeli aircraft hit Gaza Strip

IDF aircraft bomb terror infrastructure in Gaza, fire warning shots at terrorists preparing incendiary balloons near border.

Israeli aircraft hit Gaza Strip