30 May '15, 9pm

Israel Air Chief: Heavy Weapons for Small Wars via @defense_news

Israel Air Chief: Heavy Weapons for Small Wars via @defense_news

Palestinian men look on as a bomb from an Israeli air strike hits a house in Gaza City in August 2014. (Photo: ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP) 9 CONNECT 27 TWEET 19 LINKEDIN 2 COMMENT EMAIL MORE HERZLIYA, Israel — Whoever thinks the F-35 or other heavily armed fighter jets are no longer relevant for urban combat better think again, said Israel's top Air Force officer. As counterintuitive as it may seem to the notion of surgical strike, Israel Air Force (IAF) commander Maj. Gen. Amir Eshel insists small wars and counterinsurgency operations of the future will demand massive use of heavy munitions. Brig. Gen. Amikam Norkin, Eshel's second in command and the officer tapped to become Israel's next J-5 director of planning, has likened the IAF's operational concept to "playing billiards with a bowling ball." Fighters are the cue sticks. Through precise intelligence, they must insert Joint...

Full article: http://www.defensenews.com/story/defense/air-space/strike...

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