Brigadier General Hagi Topolansky, Head of the IAF Headquarters “In the next wars, we will operate sophisticated weapons in scopes unseen before”
“The State of Israel is at a crossroads”, Uzi Arad, former head of the National Security Headquarters
Major General (Res.) Yadlin: “Our enemies are arming themselves” Yesterday, experts and military officials discussed the urgent issues concerning Israeli security issues: waves of rebellion in Arab countries, terror organizations and the universal de-legitimization. Head of the IAF Headquarters: “The IAF has the ability to operate in great depth and with deadly precision”
Tal Michael | Photography: The Fischer Institute
“Many people call the recent ongoing phenomenon surrounding our country ‘the Arab Spring’”, said Major General (Res.) Amos Yadlin, a combat pilot and a previous head of Intelligence, who is currently operating as head of the National Security Research Institute. “What is really happening isn’t anything like spring. Spring signifies renewal, growth and flourishing–that isn’t the case”.
Major General (Res.) Yadlin said these words at yesterday’s national security convention which focuses on challenges that the IAF will face in the next few years due to changes in the Middle East. “I can’t count the amount of missiles that are in custody of the surrounding terror organizations, but I have no doubt that that number is growing by the minute. In the next war we’ll be getting lots of hits–even in Tel Aviv. Anyhow, the enemy is aware of the universal de-legitimization and would probably prefer to not cause too much damage while launching. We can’t forget that the Israeli intimidation is very strong, we have many advantages and we have learned how to use them to our advantage”.
Although we have preferences, making decisions isn’t easy when things constantly change and surprises pop up around us every day. “Israel is facing a crossroads constructed of crucial decisions”, said Uzi Arad, former head of national security headquarters. “We are forced to make decisions on topics that will rule the current and future statues for the next decades”.
“We will operate precision weapons in scopes unseen before”
This is probably the opening shot for the point at which it will be the IAF’s turn to participate. “The chances of us operating at more than one ring are increasing, and with them the capabilities of the force to give an appropriate response”, explained Brigadier General Hagi Topolansky, Head of the IAF Headquarters. “These days, the force has the ability to operate in great depth and with deadly precision, toward small as well as large targets. This capability allows us to cause damage to every army and country. The state rank can operate the IAF whenever needed. In the next wars, we will operate sophisticated precision weapons in scopes unseen before”.
And indeed, the technological innovations of the IAF made an appearance at the conference as well. Beginning with a lecture on the F-35, the stealth aircraft that will change the face of the force, along with new air missiles and a heated discussion on the question: “What will the aircrafts of the year 2030 look like?”. Turns out that more than a few changes are expected, and the IAF has already started looking forward, to the next decade and way beyond.