Scramble Magazine reported on the five-year strategy plan of the Heyl Ha’Avir (IAF, Israeli Air Force) on 12 November 2020.
The aim of this plan is to create a more efficient and next generation air force. This includes a new training syllabus, disbandment of one of the F-16 squadrons and transfer of F-16s squadrons from Hatzor air base to Ramat David air base.
On 17 August 2021, the 105th The Scorpion Squadron (Tayeset Ha’Krav), operating the F-16D Barak, will transfer to Ramat David completing the move of all Barak squadrons to one air base. Situated in the north of Israel, bordering Lebanon, Syria and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, Ramat David will be the home base for the 101st The First Fighter Squadron, the 105th The Scorpion Squadron and the 109th The Valley Squadron.
When the last Barak fighters have left Hatzor, the air base will become the future home base for all IAF Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS). Preparations are underway to meet this goal. The unit operating the King Air B200 Zufit, Bonanza A36 Hofit and RC-12 Kukiya, the 100th The Flying Camel Squadron (Tayeset Ha’Kamal Ha’Meofeef) will remain at Hatzor and will together with the UAS squadrons play a central role in observing, scouting and defending the borders of Israel.
Hatzor air base was established after the Royal Air Force evacuated the air base, known as RAF Qastina, in 1948. For decades, Hatzor served as one of the most combative bases of the IAF. Many squadrons were established here over the years and many more passed through it during their operational lives, but in about two weeks, when 105sq leaves the base and moves to Ramat David base, the air base will, for the first time since its establishment, be without combat squadrons.
To have a view of all the squadrons and aircraft once operating from Hatzor air base, please visit the IAF History Air Order of Battle at our website.
Photos by Walter van Bel