IDF Retaliates: Three Hamas Targets Bombed in Gaza – Jewish Internet Defense Force

July 1, 2010

(Arutz Sheva) Retaliating for a Kassam rocket that damaged a factory building in the western Negev yesterday, Israeli jets bombed three targets in Gaza over the night. The IDF reports “precise hits.”
Among the hit targets were a terrorist tunnel leading to Israel, an arms-manufacturing lab in northern Gaza, and a terrorist headquarters in southern Gaza.
The destroyed tunnel’s opening was located a kilometer away from the border fence with Israel. It was designed for terrorists to infiltrate into Israel to commit attacks against Israelis – similar to the type they perpetrated four years ago when they tunneled into Israel, killed two soldiers, and kidnapped Gilad Shalit.

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Frog horde is latest Greek plague

May 27, 2010

wait… who is flying the plains?

(Ha’aretz) The Israeli Air Force is holding a joint exercise this week with the Greek Air Force in the skies above the Aegean Sea.

The exercise, named “MINOAS 2010”, is supposed to continue through the weekend.

According to Greek media reports, 10 IAF planes are participating in the exercise – five F-15I Rams and five F16I Sufas. These are the newest aircraft in the IAF fleet and are able to carry out long-range attack missions. An IAF refueling tanker is also reported to be taking part in the drill.


Israel Matzav: IAF training for rapid refueling

March 1, 2010

The Israeli Air Force is training to refuel its jets on the runway with the engines running to conserve fuel and allow planes to depart more quickly for bombing runs to Iran.

In preparation for long-range missions and possible conflict with Iran, the Israel Air Force has expanded its training programs to include rapid refueling operations on runways.

It’s a dangerous practice since the aircraft’s engines are running while the fuel nozzle is still connected to the jets. The training is for both pilots and ground crews and it is being done to enable the aircraft to carry as much fuel as possible for long-range missions.

Fuel nozzles are traditionally disconnected from fighter aircraft while they are still parked in hangers and before they are rolled out to the runway, where they usually wait for several minutes before takeoff and while burning fuel. The new protocol includes keeping fuel trucks on the runway, having ground personnel reattach the nozzle and fuel the aircraft to the maximum fullness, disconnecting seconds before takeoff.

“We understand that many of our threats and challenges require us to develop a long-range capability,” one senior IAF officer explained. “Part of our preparation includes knowing how to fuel our aircraft so they can have as much fuel as possible.”