Fighter Jets Vs. Combat Helicopters

Fighter Jets Vs. Combat Helicopters

Fighter Jets Vs. Combat Helicopters

Fighter Jets Vs. Combat Helicopters

Combat Squadrons Mega Competition: A grand competition between all of Ramon Airbase’s squadrons was held this week. Which squadron achieved most “Alpha” strikes?

Eilon Tohar

An unusual diversity of patches and unit pins were seen in the debriefing room of the “One” squadron. The room was filled with pilots and weapon systems operators from all the squadron in the Southern Ramon Airbase – from F-16I to “Apache” aircrew members. The goal: Winning the big airbase competition.

“The competition, named ‘Day of final result’, challenges the aircrew members to reach high scores in a given situation, while staying on schedule and maintaining certain rules, just like in the battlefield”, said, Major Y, deputy commander of Ramon’s flight squadron who led the event. “The situation requires the aircrews to respond quickly to the developments in the field and enhance each one’s capabilities. They know they can’t ‘cut corners’ at any point of the competition, otherwise you lose the first place”.

It All Comes Down To the Final Result
“The day of final result” was held for the fourth time now, this time honoring the regular soldiers, performing their compulsory service. They are in charge of executing routine security measures and planning sorties. Therefore the missions the aircrew members faced were surprising and demanded rapid response. The scores were calculated by a formula that bridges the differences between the different squadrons and provides an equitable measure to determines which squadron performed better.

The combat helicopters squadrons simulated rescue missions of ejected pilots, fire according to ground forces requests and UAV interception. “These are the core missions of the combat helicopters formation”, reported Captain A, deputy commander of the “Magic Touch” squadron, who led the combat helicopters squadrons in the competition. “At the end of the day, we are measured by our final results and that is why the emphasis was laid on the number of “Alpha” strikes (accurate hits) which are the measure for the mission success”.

The fighter jets of the combat formation had to deal with a wide range of missions, in addition to unpredictable scenarios. “The IAF conducts exercises on a regular basis and competitions of this kind contribute to the team spirit, improve our capabilities in all levels and increases the will to excel”, said Captain Eldad from the F-16I “Bat” squadron, the squadron that won the combat formation competition a month ago and again this week in the “Day of final result”.

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