The Electronic Warfare unit, which is dedicated to the disruption of enemy radar systems, was established 40 years ago during the War of Attrition
Date: 30/11/2010, 12:29 PM
The Electronic Warfare unit was established during the War of Attrition. The unit has essentially paved the way for IAF aircraft by disrupting enemy radar systems, first from the Douglas aircraft, the Bell 212, and the Aיrospatiale Super Frelon, and later also from Hercules C-130, the A-4 Skyhawk, and the Boeing 707.
During the Yom Kippur War, helicopter squadrons spent 1,913 hours on electronic warfare missions in which the unit assisted in destroying missile systems in the Southern front. First in the Suez Canal region, then in Port Said, the unit blocked the SA-3 system, effectively preventing Egyptian surface-to-air missiles from being launched at Israel.
The widespread operations of the unit continued during the First Lebanon War. On June 9th, 1982, Operation Mole Cricket 19 commenced, which set out to dismantle the Syrian surface-to-air missile system. Within a few hours the system was destroyed. During this operation, consisting of 60 flights, the unit carried out the largest electronic warfare operation of the IAF at that time. With the help of the unit, the IAF brought down 82 Syrian planes during the war. The unit reached as many as 650 flight hours during the Second Lebanon War.
“The IAF surpasses other air forces in its electronic warfare abilities,” said IAF Commander Maj. Gen. Idan Nechushtan at the ceremony. “We have quality personnel and proven technological capabilities. Since its establishment, the unit was able to solve every problem they were presented with. We were able to sustain air force superiority in every arena and against every threat.”