Israeli Air Force
Israel's air force is, in fact, forms main body of its military structure. Considering the invasive military thinking of this regime, which is based on deterrence
Translator: Davood Salehan
Israel's air force is, in fact, forms main body of its military structure. Considering the invasive military thinking of this regime, which is based on deterrence and qualitative superiority, the three pillars of this idea can be introduced as follows:
1. The ability to attack Arab strategic depths to cripple the Arab Air Force and then bring several blows to the ground forces on the battlefields;
The continuous support of ground and armored forces based on the "tactical aircraft- tank " tactics; the use of an active air defenses in the strategic depth of Israel using defensive aircraft as the best means to prevent enemy air strikes. According to the Military Balance report, 1997-1981, number of active personnel in the Israeli Air Force is 32,000 and the total force, including the stockpiles, reaches 37,000, of which 21800 are engaged in air defense groups, while the number of aircraft ready to service is 448 aircraft and the number of stored planes is 250 aircraft. There are also 130 armed helicopters in this force. Under normal circumstances, the annual flying time of the main pilots is 190 hours and the storage pilots are 75 hours. At the Air Force Consultative Conference held in June and July 1998 on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the Israeli Air Force and as the "Air Force: A Look at the Future" Defense Minister Ishaq Mordechai said: "Despite the high cost of training, the number of pilots should be changed relative to the planes, we need more pilots to be employed in order to maintain martial conditions and to be able to use the aircraft altogether". The commander of the air force, General Ithan bin El Yahoo was also interviewed by the Jerusalem Post on July 1, 1998 and he said: "The relationship between the flight crew and the aircraft has been decreasing over the past years, and using pilots is more than a positive hit, but the cost of training pilots is very high. Undoubtedly, the Secretary of Defense could demand more pilots for each plane, but the budget should also be increased, since the number of pilots would mean more air activity and more hours, and this would be costly, and there should be a balance between the other parts of the air force". The newspaper added that the Israeli Air Force can now have combat activities in different conditions, but the number of pilots is lower than those in other countries. According to Jeans Intelligent, Israeli Air Force has been planning to fly its airplane daily to average flight from 4 to 7 times flights daily, while the average flight time of American planes during the Persian Gulf War was 1.2 times less than this average. While the average flight of Arabian aircraft in the past wars was less than one flight a day. However, there are still fears and anxieties in the land of neighboring countries in the case of ballistic missiles in the land of Israel. According to a report by the Jerusalem Post dated July 2, 1998, David Afri, a special adviser to the Secretary of Defense, one of the highest ranking air force commanders and former deputy head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff at a conference on July 1, 1998, said: "Israel's air superiority with regard to ground-to-ground rockets of seven neighboring countries is no longer an active deterrent. Israel's air force is considered to be a top-flight attack, but in defensive situations, if there is no adequate deterrent to the ground to deal with the threat of land-based missiles, the importance of air force will be reduced. Our planes must be able to counter the ballistic missile at the first minute. "Afri has provided five solutions for Israel's support for ballistic missiles, which include: rapid information, immediate warning, urban defense, positive defense, and coping at the time of the launch of the missile. The recent solution would be a threat to the ballistic missile launchers equipped with shingles or biological warheads, because these missiles will land overhead of launchers. "He then explained that so far no aircraft has been built to be capable of handling ballistic missiles, but the United States is developing a two-megawatt laser machine that is placed in front of 747-900 - F Boeing transport aircraft, which could destroy ballistic missiles that were fired. Of course, in June 1998, the US Air Force carried out the first successful laser experiments. The Jerusalem Post writes in its final article, some Israeli experts believe that the only solution to this regime is the use of unmanned airplanes near the borders of countries with these types of missiles. Although this would be very costly, and the use of lasers also needs to coordinate between satellites and advanced ground systems, this shows that the Israelis are vigorously seeking a solution to deal with this type of missile. According to the statistics published in the Military Balance, during the 90s, Israeli Air Force aircraft were as follows:
1. About 170 F-4 phantoms that can carry 1233 tons of flying weapons on a single flight. There are about 80 F4 airplanes. The 50 Phantom (F-4 E 2000) and (F-4 E) planes have the mission of destroying enemy air defense systems and are equipped with anti-radar air-to-ground missiles for this purpose. Also, 14 phantom planes (RF-4 E) carry out missions of exploration.
2. By the end of 1997, the Israeli Air Force had 65 American fighters (F-15s), which were able to carry 354 tons of warheads in total. 13 fighter jets were awarded to Israel after the end of the Second Persian Gulf War. Also, since 1998, 25 of F-15 model (I) have been procured with a capacity to carry an invasive weapon weighing 275 tons. These types of aircraft are able to travel about 1,450 kilometers without refueling in the sky, and can target Iran's nuclear power plant, which is based in Bushehr, for example.
Between 1980 and 1995, a total of about 260 (F-16s) fighter planes were delivered to this regime by the United States. Of course, 50 (F-16s) fighters were awarded to this country as a bonus after the end of the Second Persian Gulf War. These aircraft were still flying to the United States Air Force before being delivered to the Israeli Air Force, and were sent to Israel between 1994 and 1995. F-16s can carry around 1358 tons of assault weapons on a mission. Along with the statistics, there are likely to be 615 "Kafir-30 " airplanes in different models in Air Force. If we accumulate this number with combat-training planes, stockpiles and US planes F-6, F15 and F16, this regime probably has 530 fighter jets and 336 planes.
Future developments in the air force in the Israeli Air Force
In response to this question, Israeli Defense Secretary General, Ian Beiran, said on July 1, 1997, that Israel is planning to buy another fighter from the United States and it will be F15 and F16. It is worth noting that Israel will buy $ 1.8 billion of weapons from the United States by 2006. On July 4, 1997, commander of the Air Force, General Ithan Bin Alyahoo, announced that over a period of seven years, about 100 aircraft would have joined the Israeli Airborne Fleet to replace the Skylight A-4, Phantom (F-4) and old-fashioned (F-16) models. Other aircrafts operate on airplanes except fighter jets.
Two Airborne Alert and Air Operations Management Boeing 707 and four E-2e-Hawak-EYE aircraft;
41 electronic combat aircraft "Reception, eavesdropping and electromagnetic interference" included 6 Boeing 707 aircraft, 6 RC-12Ds, 3 aircraft (IAI-2000), 15 "Do-28" aircraft and six "King air- 2000 »;
Three IAI-1124 Seascan patrol aircraft;
8 fuel carrier airplanes in the sky include three Boeing 707 planes and five C-130 Hercules airplanes;
47 carrying airlifts include 4 heavy tools carriers in model of Boeing 707, 24 C-130 Hercules planes, and each one is capable of carrying 92 umbrellas, 12 C-47 Dakota transport aircrafts, and 7 IAI 201Transportation planes;
130 warhead helicopters of Apache types, 51 helicopters, Husodeafender, 35 helicopters and about 30 helicopters of the Cobra;
143 transport helicopters, which are collectively capable of carrying 3393 soldiers on a mission;
138 combat-training helicopters, of which 104 are capable of fighting missions when required;
30 light duty communication and flight planes, including two "Ailerons", twenty "Sissanoyo - 206" and eight "Quin Air" planes;
An uncertain number of unmanned planes for tracking, intelligence and training missions to attack air targets and various electronic missions from "Feirab", "Scott", "Pioneer", "Searsher", "Samson", "Dylaha", and " "Delilah" and "Hunter Silver Arrow" models.