In a conversation with AW&ST Contributing Editor David Eshel, Brig. Gen. Hagi Topolanski, chief of air staff and deputy commander of the Israeli air force, describes how the IAF is dealing with the evolving threat in the Middle East. He lays out the Air Force's upcoming five-year acquisition blueprint, including plans for the purchase and fielding of the first squadron of F-35I stealth fighters.
TEL AVIV — Seeing future Syrian S-300 surface-to-air missiles as a threat to its own airspace, Israel has pledged to take preventative action.
Fixed-wing aircraft, unmanned aerial vehicles or through covert sabotage on assembly points could disable “S-300 missiles and similar weapons before becoming operational,” says retired army general and National Security Adviser Yaakov Amidror to European diplomats.
TEL AVIV — Syria’s efforts to modernize its air defenses are increasing the threat of a conflict suddenly erupting between Israel and its enemies, according to Israel’s air force chief, Maj. Gen. Amir Eshel.
TEL AVIV - Syria’s efforts to modernize its air defenses are increasing the threat of a conflict suddenly erupting between Israel and its enemies, according to Israel’s air force chief, Maj. Gen. Amir Eshel.
ISRAELI DEFENSE: Israel will cut its defense budget, though not as much as originally anticipated, as the Middle Eastern country tries to control its deficit. Israel now plans to spend NIS 52.5 billion ($14. billion) on defense in 2013, fending off NIS 1 billion in proposed reductions. Spending on the Israeli military is projected to dip slightly to NIS 51 billion in 2014, before rising steadily to NIS 59 billion by 2018.
Mortars, short-range rockets, improvised explosive devices and rocket-propelled grenades (RPG) are insurgents' weapons that military forces deal with by employing superior protection, operational procedures and tactics, and real-time intelligence. When insurgents obtain guided weapons, however, there is a major escalation in the threat level.
The admiral in charge of the U.S. Pacific Command on April 9 reiterated U.S. readiness and capability to intercept any North Korean medium- or long-range missile launched against the U.S. or allies, but he told senators that a decision could be made quickly not to do so if intelligence and the missile’s trajectory did not indicate a threat.
“I always wanted a Mustang, ever since I was a kid,” says Wagner, a Beechcraft Bonanza pilot who took a big step up in size and horsepower when he purchased the Rolls-Royce Merlin-powered P-51D in 2007....More