חיל האוויר מאחד את יחידותיו המיוחדות לכנף אחת
Shaldag commando unit soldiers
Photo: IDF Spokesperson's Unit
Shaldag commando unit soldiers

Israel's air force unveils new special forces squadron

The army says the new 7th Aerial Special Forces Wing will include search-and-rescue Unit 669, Shaldag commando unit and outfit that builds airfields behind enemy lines, combining all IAF's special forces under one command

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Published: 07.13.20 , 09:33
The Israeli Air Force on Sunday unveiled a special squadron, which contains all the special forces of the aerial warfare branch, consolidating them under one command.
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  • "The 7th Aerial Special Forces Wing was established to meet operational needs and respond to changing and growing threats in the various arenas," according to an army press release.
    חיל האוויר מאחד את יחידותיו המיוחדות לכנף אחתחיל האוויר מאחד את יחידותיו המיוחדות לכנף אחת
    Shaldag commando unit soldiers
    (Photo: IDF Spokesperson's Unit)
    The move aims "to increase the operational effectiveness of the units. The wing will function as a complementary and unique component to IAF activities through special depth, routine and emergency operations."
    The IAF routinely carries out military operations in the Gaza Strip, typically targeting terror installations of the ruling terrorist group Hamas, as well as airstrikes against Iranian targets in Syria, as part of the effort by Israel to ensure Tehran does not expand its military presence in the war-torn country.
    חיל האוויר מאחד את יחידותיו המיוחדות לכנף אחתחיל האוויר מאחד את יחידותיו המיוחדות לכנף אחת
    Soldiers from the Israeli Air Force’s elite Frontal Landing Unit take part in an exercise in an undated photograph
    (Photo: IDF Spokesperson's Unit)
    The new wing will contain the air force’s elite search-and-rescue Unit 669; the Shaldag commando unit; the Frontal Landing Unit, which builds ad hoc landing strips behind enemy lines; a dedicated intelligence unit for the wing; and a special forces school.
    The unit will be under the command of an officer who can only be identified by his rank and first Hebrew initial of his name, Col. “Ayin.”
    טקס הענקת צל"שים לוחמים שהשתתפו במבצע חאן יונסטקס הענקת צל"שים לוחמים שהשתתפו במבצע חאן יונס
    IAF Commanding Officer Maj. Gen. Amikam Norkin
    (Photo: IDF Spokesperson's Unit)
    IAF Commanding Officer Maj. Gen. Amikam Norkin said Israel is moving into a new era in the history of the Aerial Special Forces Wing, "we are standing on the shoulders of our predecessors, who were courageous and took action, and now we are leading the way."
    "Today we move forward to a new chapter," he said.

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