IAF Prepares for 2013

The IAF will receive the F-35 stealth plane, the Hercules J transport plane and a new instruction aircraft


IAF Prepares for 2013

In the coming year, the Aerial Defense Formation will develop its capablities and continue to develop “Magic Wand” IAF Prepares for 2013

Preparing to deal with changes in the Mideast Moments before the beginning of 2013, IAF executive commanders gathered to discuss work in the next year, which is expected to hold many challenges. IAF Version 2013

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This week, executive commanders of the force gathered and discussed the question of how the year 2013 will shape out in the IAF. Head of the Research Division at the Intelligence Formation presented the attributes of the various scenes with which the IAF is expected to contend, and noted that it is difficult to predict what will happen in the near future, as a result of the constant changes in the Middle East-particularly regarding government stability. The intelligence overview, upon which the work plan is being established, referred to the various possible scenarios, from regime changes in the Mideast to technological developments in circles of threat.

The IDF is gazing firmly forward, and based on these evaluations is not only building the coming year’s work plan, but a multi-year plan as well. The plan includes many scenarios: unknown and new threats, from nuclear to rockets, together with the unknown factor, which forces the IDF to prepare for any possible scenario. That said, the multi-year plan is limited in resources and is based upon estimations of social and economic changes in Israel. Concurrently to the strengthening of the force, efficiency, saving and manpower cuts have to be made as well. “There is much tension between the strengthening of the force and the need to streamline and control manpower”, said IAF Commander, Major General Amir Eshel. “We need to strengthen the commanding factor and preserve the trust of those serving in the force”.

The Required Accomplishment: A Rapid Victory

The coming years will present complex challenges to the IAF: combat in multiple rings, an aspiration to protect citizens and functional continuity throughout combat. These missions require the force to have a detailed work plan in every field. Among others, the IAF plans to significantly improve attack capabilities, which requires many changes in the construction of the training program. “We will need to be sharp, ready, capable, and have solid fundamentals as a main anchor”, said Head of Air Division, Brigadier General Norkin. “Knowledge and professionalism are prerequisites to extracting power”.

In the coming year, the activity of the unmanned aerial vehicle formation will also increase, the future combat plane F-35 will be integrated into the force, and the use of advanced ammunition will be expanded. The IAF will also be receiving a new transport plane of type Hercules J and a new instructional plane for combat pilot cadets. On the defense front, the Aerial Defense Formation will establish its capabilities on various levels of defense, and the “Magic Wand” system will become operational. The Intelligence will invest effort into developing operative intelligence, and is expected to promote the domain of satellites. The ICT department is also planning on expanding capabilities in fighting web-based terror, information systems and cyber defense.

“An Efficient, Deadly and Winning Enterprise”

Another major sphere included in the yearly plan is the Technical Formation of the IAF. Brigadier General Ran Levy, Head of Materiel Directorate, stated that the formation requires technical backing behind it. Additionally, he noted that in the coming year the directorate will be focusing on the engineering challenges that come along with the arrival of new aircraft and systems and on improving the working environment of technicians.

Chief of Air Staff at the IAF, Brigadier General Hagi Topolansky, concluded that although it is not possible to encompass all details of the work plan in one day, the directions presented are the basis for the plan-which is in itself a basis for changes that will be made in face of challenges expected in the coming year. “The IAF is changing in front of our eyes”, said the Chief of Air Staff. “It is growing and expanding, we’re an efficient, deadly and winning enterprise, and organizational discussion is very important. A good organization is one that is open to criticism, an attentive organization that is eager to change and share. The challenge is to successfully carry out the plan, it is a tremendous challenge and we will rise to it”.

Major General Eshel: “We will Definitely Withstand the Test”

Commander of the IAF concluded that the year 2012 was excellent for the IAF in every aspect: extraordinary work in the operational world, in all formations, with excellent results. 2013 is a new year, which will bring with it the challenges of local and funding instability. That said, the IAF has been given military-wide priority: A fact that demonstrates the increasing responsibility of the IAF as a part of the IDF, in the eyes of military and political ranks.

Major General Eshel noted that much out-of-the-box thinking is required to deal with possible threats, in order for 2013 to be a year in which the force is stronger and more prepared for the challenges is will face. The command will be the force leading the plan into fruition. “The people will arrive wherever we lead them to, and that is an extraordinary challenge. I am sure that we will know to execute the plan with pride. I have expectations and deep confidence in the IAF, there is no such group anywhere else. I am sure we will withstand the test”.