Israeli air force to deactivate F-16 squadron to make room for new fighter jets

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) announced that one of the Air Force F-16C/D (IAF) squadrons would be deactivated in October 2020 . This announcement follows the publication in February of new multi-year IDF plan intended to reinforce the Israeli fighting capabilities ... while reducing the defense budget, which should ultimately lead to the rapid deactivation of a second fighter squadron.

The deactivated squadron should be 117th Squadron. Nicknamed the First Jet Squadron , it was founded in 1953, just five years after the creation of the IAF, to accommodate the first IAF jet fighters, the Gloster Meteors. Subsequently, he was also among the first units to receive F-16A/B, and the first operational squadron on F-16C/D. The 117th is today credited with more than 65 destruction of air targets, including the first aerial victory of an F-16, but also the first victory against a MiG-23.

With the F-16 still having good potential, one can imagine that the airframes withdrawn from service will serve as spare parts reserves for the remaining F-16C, unless Israel succeeds in reselling them on the second-hand market. .

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