IAF chief: We are closely monitoring the northern front

IAF Commander Maj. Gen. Ido Nechushtan summarizes activities of IAF over the past year

Date: 21/12/2011, 9:27 PM     Author: IDF (Zahal) Website

At a press briefing on Wednesday (December 21), Israel Air Force Commander Major General Ido Nechushtan summarized the activities of the IAF over the past year.

Regarding the northern front, Maj. Gen. Nechushtan said: “There is no doubt that the northern front, particularly Syria, is not stable. All that happens there everyday is a reason for us to look at it again, analyze the scene, monitor what is happening and make decisions as required. We are monitoring all the time what is happening in Syria.”

The IAF conducted extensive hours of flight time over the past year, a majority of which were carried out by unmanned aerial vehicles. In the past year, the IAF recorded more than 170,000 flight hours, 30,000 of which were considered operational flight hours. IAF aircraft dealt mainly with intelligence gathering in the Gaza Strip, as well as thwarting terrorist rocket-launching cells operating amidst Gaza’s civilian population.

The past year also saw the introduction of the Iron Dome anti-rocket system to operational use. The Iron Dome intercepted more than 30 rockets that were fired from Gaza toward populated areas in southern Israel.

Maj. Gen. Nechustan noted that service in the IAF is open to women in almost all areas and that five women will complete the pilot training course that ends next week.