The IAF performs a wide range of duties. Its ten primary missions have been defined as follows:
- To defend Israel’s airspace and the Israel Defense Forces’ (IDF) area of operations.
- To achieve air superiority above the area of combat and to participate in the ground war.
- To attack strategic targets in enemy territory.
- To participate in combat in the naval theatre.
- To carry out air transport operations.
- Providing air intelligence as part of the general intelligence picture.
- To carry out aerial photography missions for all IDF needs.
- To preform air search-and-rescue missions.
- To assist civil aviation authorities in command, control and services (as required)
Teamwork is the key to the IAFs success. Several key elements enable the IAF to achieve its objectives:
- The Operational Component
- Command, Control, Communications and Intelligcnce (C3I)
- Air Defense