“Sufa” Pilot Killed In Crash

06.10.2016 | IAF Site
Yesterday afternoon, an IAF pilot was killed when his “Sufa" (F-16I) fighter jet crashed while landing in Ramon AFB, upon returning from operational activity in the Gaza strip. The WSO was lightly injured

Yesterday afternoon (Wednsday), Major Ohad Cohen Nov, a fighter pilot and Deputy Squadron Commander, was killed while attempting to eject from a "Sufa" (F-16I) fighter jet that crashed while landing in Ramon AFB, upon returning from operational activity. Maj. Cohen Nov left behind a daughter and pregnant wife. The WSO's ejection attempt was successful; he was lightly injured and evacuated for medical treatment.

An Air-Force commission to review the circumstances of the crash has commenced by the order of Maj. Gen. Amir Eshel, IAF Commander. Maj. Cohen Nov's Squadron members and the members of the IAF "Sufa" Division mourn the death of their brother in arms, commander and friend and push on in their training and operational routine.

Maj. Ohad Cohen Nov's funeral will be held tomorrow (Friday) Oct 7, at 11:00AM in Mazor Cemetery. The IAF expresses its condolences to the family and will continue escorting it.

Maj. Ohad Cohen Nov | Photograph courtesy of the family

The "Sufa" (F-16I) fighter jet, manufactured by "Lockheed Martin" is the newest fighter jet in the IAF. Since the integration of the jet in February 2004, when the first "Sufa" Squadron was established, dozens of "Sufa" jets have landed in Israel, which are operated by a number of squadrons. All "Sufa" jets are two-seaters.

The "Sufa" is a reliable and optimal jet, which is equipped with Israeli systems. It can carry various missiles including Python 4 & 5 heat guided Air-Air missiles manufactured by "Rafael" and U.S made, radar guided AMRAAM (Advanced Medium-Range Air-Air Missile). The aircraft is equipped with CFT (Conformal Fuel Tanks) made by IAI, which increase the amount of fuel by 50 percent. Their goal is to significantly extend the jet's flight range and flight time without harming its performance. In addition, it is also equipped with fuel tanks on its wings.

Despite being a relatively young division, the "Sufa" division took a central part in many significant events in the past decade: the "Second Lebanon" War, Operation "Cast Lead", Operation "Pillar of Defense" and Operation "Protective Edge".

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