TEL AVIV (Jul. 15)
A sophisticated American-made reconnaissance and intelligence gathering aircraft, the Hawkeye, recently acquired by Israel, is fully operational and has already seen action, it was disclosed today on the eve of Israel Air Force Day which will be marked this week. The magazine Aviation Week reported earlier that the Hawkeye was employed on the recent Israeli air strike against terrorist strong holds in Lebanon during which five Syrian MIGs that attempted to intervene were shot down.
Two other American weapons have also been absorbed by Israel’s armed forces. They are the Cobra helicopter which is employed as an antitank weapon firing multiple rockets and machineguns, and the Redeye, an infra-red shoulder mounted anti-aircraft missile utilized by infantry units against low flying enemy aircraft.