IAF Opens New "Eitan" UAV Squadron to Operational Use

Archive photo: IDF (Zahal) Spokesperson

The IAF’s new unmanned aerial vehicle squadron will improve the ability to respond to threats near and far

Date: 22/12/2010, 8:50 PM     Author: IDF (Zahal) Website

The IAF’s Eitan Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Squadron’s opening ceremony took place on the Tel-Nof base on Monday (Dec. 20).

The Eitan UAV was developed by the IAF and the Israel’s Homeland Security Industry and was officially integrated into the IAF in February, 2010.

This new development signifies yet another breakthrough in the field of unmanned aerial vehicles for the IAF and constitutes an improvement in the ability of responding to threats, be they near or far, routine or emergent.

The inauguration of the new squadron is yet another sign of the new system in becoming operational.

The Commander of the Tel-Nof IAF Base, Brig. Gen. A, said, “Several minutes ago we unveiled the squadron flag. For the IAF, the term ‘squadron’ embodies values. The value of norms, of operational abilities, of tending to people, developing weapon systems and many other areas. But most of all the term ‘squadron’ embodies the values of responsibility. The responsibility to fulfill the expectations of Israeli citizens, to fulfill our operational goals and the responsibility for our people and for the ongoing preservation of our legacy.”