Israeli Air Force at the Second Lebanon War
Written by: Lior Estline.
Translation: Nikolai Avrutov
At a recent IAF senior staff brief, the role if the force at the Second Lebanon War was reviewed. The brief focused on the missions assigned to the air force, and its achievements:
- Damage to Lebanon’s infrastructure: limited damage was done, mainly to demonstrate Israel’s ability to inflict much more severe damage. Air and sea ports were paralyzed, and an oil reservoir was destroyed. In addition, bridges access routes and roads were destroyed, to limited Hezbollah’s mobility.
- Isolating the battle zone: the border between Syria and Lebanon was disconnected, in order to prevent smuggling of weapons to Hezbollah. In addition, an effort was made to isolate southern Lebanon from the rest of the country. Crossings, trucks, vehicles, and bridges were targeted.
- Inflicting damage to the terrorist structure of the Hezbollah organization: The Dahiyeh area in Beirut, an autonomic stronghold of Hezbollah has suffered massive attacks and has been severely damaged. Other logistics and command centers of the Hezbollah throughout the country were destroyed.
- Massive support of the ground forces: evacuation of wounded soldiers, transport of supplies, and aerial combat support.
The IAF continued its struggle against the missile and rocket attacks, monitoring and targeting rocket factories, storage sites, and launch pads. In addition, four Hezbollah UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) were destroyed: three were intercepted by the air force, and one crashed at sea. At least one aircraft carried explosives.
The presenting officer commented on the importance of aerial superiority, in the fight against organized terror.