The Primary Missions of the IAF

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
  • Maintenance
  • Command, Control, Communications and Intelligcnce (C3I)
  • Air Defense
  • Training