Israel prepares for war, re/new weapons systems


Richard Moore

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TEL AVIV [MENL] -- The Israel Air Force has received a new airborne 
early-warning and alert aircraft from the United States.

The air force has accepted delivery of a Nahshon-class AEW aircraft 
called Eitam meant to direct air missions. The Eitam arrived in 
Israel from the United States on Sept. 19 and was termed the most 
advanced AEW platform in the military.

The Eitam, with a range of 10,000 kilometers and an operational 
altitude of 35,000 feet, contains an AEW system from the state-owned 
Israel Aircraft Industries. Officials said the system would enable 
Eitam, with a 360-degree aerial picture, to direct attack missions 
independent of ground-based command-and-control stations.

"These projects are meant to provide us with the most advanced radars 
in the world," Israel Air Force commander Maj. Gen. Eliezer Shkeidy 
said at a ceremony on Sept. 19. "The aircraft was meant to 
significantly bolster the professional command and control solution 
and the expansion of the operational eyes of Israel."

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