Since the ground forces entered the Gaza Strip, the squadron has been covering them using “Beechcraft Kingair B-200” planes
Thanks to these flights, the forces gained an up-to-date intelligence picture of the territory they would later enter. The ground maneuver has begun and the IAF’s mission has expanded. The “First” squadron provided intelligence to ground forces even before they entered the Gaza Strip and has been accompanying them from the air
Since the beginning of the ground maneuver into the Gaza Strip, the IAF has been accompanying the ground forces. But, even before the ground forces entered the strip, the “First” squadron helped by preparing intelligence for them. At this very moment, the squadron continues to help the ground forces by accompanying them, directing them to their targets and protecting them. The “Bonanza A-36” planes circled the skies above the Gaza Strip and conducted aerial reconnaissance. Thanks to these flights, the forces gained an up-to-date intelligence picture of the territory they would later enter.
From The Air
Since the ground forces entered the Gaza Strip, the squadron has been covering them using “Beechcraft Kingair B-200” planes. These planes have been engaged in activities for different missions on Gazan territory, including the continuation of airstrikes on a list of targets, providing the air force with intelligence and directing ground forces to targets.
Representatives from the squadron have been working in the situation room of the ground forces, where they coordinate joint operations.”The aircrews constantly switch between helping airstrike missions and providing support to ground troops”, explains Lieutenant Colonel Eyal, a reservist in the squadron, during the first hours of the ground operation. “We ensure that there are no threats in the territory in which they operate, check that there are no civilians in the areas in which they attack and direct them to the targets”.
This is a step forward in terms of the non-stop activity of the squadron, which began during Operation “Brother’s Keeper”. “We continue to increase the amount of activity”, adds Lieutenant Colonel Eyal. “Until the beginning of the ground maneuver, there were fewer planes in the air and now we have increased the number of planes, but we still maintain the ability to increase it even more should the need arise”.