15 years ago, 3000 people arrived at Hatzerim airbase to watch the landing of the IAF’s most advanced combat plane: The F-15 I (“Thunder”). The arrival of the planes marked the establishment of the “Hammers” squadron, which has since participated in many pivotal IAF operations
When the first F-15I (“Thunder”) planes landed in Israel, fifteen years ago this year, they became the spearhead of the IAF. Thousands of people arrived that day to see the advanced combat plane, which has since taken part in operations to obliterate weapon reserves, find rocket launchers, and attack in enemy countries day and night.
So what should you know about the F-15I?
The “Thunder” (Hebrew: “Ra’am”) may be one of the younger family members of the IAF, but its size would suggest otherwise: It stands tall at over five meters and nine meters in length.
• Despite its tremendous height, the F-15I “Thunder” can travel particularly far distances, and is considered the force’s strategic plane.
• Overall, the plane can carry 11 tons of ammunition, which are added to the 14,379 kilograms of the plane itself. The F-15I’s main mission is target attacks, which is why it is adjusted to carry various types of bombs and missiles.
• The “Thunder” is equipped with advanced systems that allow it to fly under any weather conditions, day and night. The “Thunder” can identify targets that are extremely difficult to discover using other methods, such as rocket launchers and tanks.
• The plane’s carrying capacity and advanced systems allow it to attack in depth with plentiful ammunition, in far-ranges and low altitudes, at any hour of the day.
The facts speak for themselves, but a picture is worth 1000 words –