From a small country that is always “bullied” by surrounding countries, Israel has risen to become a powerful military force in the region.
Since the 1960s, the air force of the Israel Defense Forces (commonly known as the IAF) has played a central role in the defense of the country. The Israeli Air Force’s ability to secure the battlefield and protect civilians from enemy air attacks has enabled the IDF to fight with a huge advantage.
At the same time, the IAF has demonstrated its strategic reach to strike important targets at considerable distances. IAF dominance is achieved through effective training, exploiting enemy weaknesses, and a flexible approach to design and procurement.
Over the years, the Israelis have tried a variety of strategies to equip their air force with fighters including buying from France, buying from the US, and building the planes themselves. This country seems to have solved the problem with a combination of the two methods above with great effect.
In its early years, Israel bought weapons that were necessary and could be found on the market. This means that IDFs generally work with devices from a variety of sources and are mostly guaranteed from European manufacturers.
By the late 1950s, however, Israel had secured arms-transfer relationships with a number of countries, most notably the United Kingdom and France. The relationship with France eventually resulted in the delivery of high-tech military equipment, including Mirage fighter jets, and also substantial technical support for Israel’s nuclear program.