In order to be prepared for the possibility of escalation in various arenas, the IAF constantly assembles and updates its target bank, which it collects via the operation of reconnaissance aircraft. From the takeoff of a reconnaissance sortie and until the removal of the threat: this is how the IAF creates attack targets in enemy territory
From time to time, one might hear on the news about IAF aircraft attacking terror targets beyond Israeli borders. What you won’t hear about is that each attack is preceded with multiple flight hours and intensive activity in the IAF’s reconnaissance squadrons that operate day and night, in order to create attack targets.
To be prepared for the possibility of escalation in the different arenas, the UAV and reconnaissance examine how to identify enemy targets and direct fire toward them quickly. Complex questions arise in the process, with which the squadron members deal with every day, such as how to decide which structures are threats?
Throughout the years, the IAF has developed advanced combat doctrines and reconnaissance methods which shorten the process that begins with reconnaissance and ends with an attack. Intelligence personnel in the IAF are responsible for receiving and analyzing the information, operation and direction of various means of reconnaissance and intelligence sources and for communicating the information to those responsible for planning operational activity.
Throughout the day and late at night, IAF reconnaissance aircraft hover above hubs of terror activity, scan sites, buildings and fields in order to locate terror cells and arms caches. This activity is shared with the UAV Squadrons, whose aircrafts bear different kinds of cameras that are effective to great distances, at all times and in all weather conditions. These squadrons gather information that becomes targets which will be destroyed in the case of confrontation. “Most operational missions performed in routine are aerial reconnaissance missions” shared Lt. Col. Alon, Head of the IAF’s Aerial Reconnaissance Branch.
“Each target is examined by the brightest minds the Military Intelligence Directorate, IDF intelligence community and IAF Intelligence Directorate have to offer. They are responsible for investigating and processing each target, a long process which is concluded by the addition of the target to the bank. The work doesn’t stop there, we have to maintain contact with the targets and see if they are still relevant”, he shared.
One Step Ahead
“We gather intelligence in various spectrums, so our aspiration is to be able to see the enemy even in hiding. We always try to acquire new and diverse capabilities and means that are relevant to the changing battlefield. Simultaneously, we always try to predict the enemy’s next move and look for the proper response”, added Lt. Col. Alon.