F-16I pilots visit Gaza Division

Photo by: Guy Ashash

F-16I pilots visit Gaza Division

Photo by: Guy Ashash

F-16I pilots visit Gaza Division

Photo by: Guy Ashash

F-16I pilots visit Gaza Division

Photo by: Guy Ashash

The firepower of fighter-jets is one of the heaviest weapons of the IDF. Fighter pilots arrived this week at the Gaza Division, with the purpose of improving the effectiveness of fighter-jets in the next campaign

Noa Fenigstein | Translation: Eden Sharon

The aircrews of the “Knights of the Orange Tail” F-16I squadron arrived at the Gaza Division for a visit aimed to improve the use of firepower of fighter-jets in a future campaign.

The visit was organized by the squadron and consisted with intelligence debriefing and meetings with all those involved with air-ground cooperation. “This is the first step toward better connection of the squadron with the ground forces”, said Major Tomer, the F-16I Squadron Commander. “Today we realize we must have better knowledge of the intelligence data and the enemy’s courses of action”.

The cooperation with the ground divisions is vital for operational activity.
“At the end of the day, those meetings must have operational implications. We have no interest in tours, we aim for operational results”, emphasizes Major Tomer. “These little initiatives result in major improvements. When operational needs, capabilities and will are extant, things happen”.

Crucial impact
The many missions of the combat squadrons during Operation “Protective Edge” were versatile: Strikes, reconnaissance and assistance to ground forces. The firepower of fighter-jets is a crucial factor and its effect on the battlefield is irreplaceable.

“If someone would have told us five years ago that our fighter- jets would be a part of the ground campaign in such high levels of availability and relevance, we would have been skeptical”, said Brigadier general Itay Virov, Commander of Gaza Division, to the aircrews of the squadron. “The capabilities we have today were established not because of operational commands, but because of necessity, readiness and courage. We want to improve that cooperation”.

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