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Israel’s Apache Helicopter’s Stunning Aerobatic Display to Mark Graduation (Photos)

These incredible images of some of the  world’s most sophisticated aerial warfare technology were taken during today’s  graduation ceremony for Israeli pilots.

The images, taken at the Hatzerim Air Force  Base near the southern city of Beersheba, Israel, provide a rare glimpse into  the astonishing air power wielded by the Israeli Air Force, an arm of the  Israeli Defence Force (IDF).

The Israeli Air Force was born in the War of  Independence in 1948 and has grown from four Czechoslovakian Messerschmitt  planes to a vast and technologically sophisticated force.

Technology includes the U.S.-built F16I  fighter jet and the Boeing AH-64 Apache attack helicopter, as well as a vast  array of support vehicles and state-of-the-art drone technology.

Pyrotechnics: An Israeli Boeing AH-64 Apache Longbow helicopter launches anti-missile flares during today’s air show at the graduation ceremony of Israeli pilots

Israel spends 7.3 per cent of its GDP on its  military, making it the country with the sixth highest expenditure in the  world.

Joy: Israeli pilots throw their hats in the air as they celebrate at their graduation ceremony

The graduation ceremony also saw an  American-made Israeli McDonnell Douglas F-15I fighter jet launch  anti-missile flares, while engaging in aerobatic manoeuvres.

Interceptor: An Israeli Air Force fighter jet releases flares during an acrobatics display

The American McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle is  a twin-engine, all-weather tactical fighter that is used by air forces  throughout the world.

It is considered among the most successful  modern fighters, with over 100 aerial combat victories with no losses in  dogfights, according to aviation writer Mike Spick.

Might: The IAF had 43 F15s as of January 2011. It is an air superiority craft with ground strike capabilities

THE ISRAELI AIR FORCE BY   NUMBERS (What they admit)

According to a 2011 report by Israel’s  Institute for National Security Studies, the IAF currently has:

  • 804 combat aircraft (490  operational)
  • 77 transport aircraft (57  operational)
  • 231 helicopters (171 operational), 80 of  which are attack helicopters
  • 89,000 personnel (34,000 regulars, 55,000  reserves)
  • 11 military airfields

 

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