In Control

“Our primary goal is to keep the Israeli aerial territory secure” In the most silenced manner, in a way that you would never noticed, controllers are busy supervising and securing the country’s skylines all day, every day. They are well equated with every flying object which could be located within Israel or a bit beyond, making sure that no hostile aircraft visits the Israeli territory

Yuval Tzuk

There aren’t many people who are familiar with the ‘Nahshon Squadron’, which operates on no other but the Gulfstream V aircrafts, such as the G550. The G550 functions as a unique aviated supervision unit, which assists airplanes (especially combat airplanes) in operational missions during which the ground control forces aren’t enough.

Protecting the Israeli skylines isn’t an easy mission, a task so demanding that it consumes all 24 hours of the day. You wouldn’t have to work hard in order to convince control officers that their everyday work is very significant to the Israeli forces. “Nineteen year olds are qualified to discharge”, says in an astonished voice Captain Yair, a ‘Nahshon Squadron’ controller. “If he decides that an aircraft puts Israel in some sort of danger, our country gives him the authority to shoot it down”.

“Our primary goal is to keep the Israeli aerial territory secure. In order to complete our objective we have to be aware of everything. once the G550 is at work we, have less to worry about”, says Captain Moshiko, also a ‘Nahshon Squadron’ controller. “Each mistake you make can create a row of other crucial mistakes.”

“Controllers of the local ATC unit are used to dealing with a very static picture. We, on the other hand, have the ability to take it a bit farther by changing the flight direction”, says Captain Yair. In addition, the systems implicated within the G550 are very advanced and can give a clear picture of long distances that the human eye could never observe. “The G550 doesn’t have observation issues”, says Captain Moshiko. “The G550 can see all targets even if they are located very far away or on land. We can see it all, and I have to know what is relevant for my missions”.

The aviated supervision unit faces many tricky situations. “When you are in the airplane, the complicated missions are completed with a minimal number of controllers. Each controller is responsible for many tasks; some require attention distribution and team work”, says decisively Major Nimrod, commander of the ATC unit of the “Nahshon Squadron”.

The unique synergy created between controllers and pilots is considered the ‘cherry-on-top” in the squadron. “Although we had doubts about the odd combination, it turned out to be a big success”, says Major Nimrod. The cooperation between the “Nahshon Squadron”‘s pilots and controllers also ssists while collaborating with combat pilots. “The new connection with the squadrons is very imperative to us because it give us the advantage of understanding each other’s relative profit”, says Captain Moshiko. “When we understand each other there’ll be less disruptions, more useful knowledge”.