They fly from Sde Dov airport all over the world, providing a constant line of communication between Israeli Special Forces teams on the ground and the IDF chief of staff in Tel Aviv; meet the soldiers of the Israel Air Force’s transmissions unit
Of all the special forces which take part in thwarting Hamas and Hezbollah to build up their capabilities, little if nothing has been written about the forces in the air who fly high above the fighters and assist them in operations which occur far outside of Israel’s borders – both on land and at sea.
The Israeli Air Force’s transmissions unit, which has been working with the IDF for decades – including during operation Entebbe – has upgraded its capabilities to an unprecedented scale; it can relay transmissions – both voice and video – from commanders in Israel to soldiers operating in any corner of the globe using the most secure transmissions software in the world.
No operation behind enemy lines outside of Israel’s borders is possible without the help of these transmissions planes.
The transmissions planes are manned by planes carrying small numbers of soldiers. The planes – which can be outfitted either for scouting mission as well – primarily fly out of Sde Dov airport, located north of Tel Aviv.