Yom Kippur War 1973: Airpower in Israel's hardest-fought war (Air Campaign #43) (Paperback)

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Yom Kippur War 1973: Airpower in Israel's hardest-fought war (Air Campaign #43) (Paperback)

By Shlomo Aloni, Mads Bangsø (Illustrator)

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This is book number 43 in the Air Campaign series.

The story of the hardest-fought air war of the jet era, where highly trained Israeli air forces almost met their match against Egypt and Syria's high-tech MiGs and missiles.

The Yom Kippur War, or October War of 1973 was perhaps the most intensive and savage air war in history. It pitted more than 300 Israeli combat aircraft – including modern US-built Phantoms and Skyhawks – against nearly 1,000 advanced Soviet-built jets from Egypt, Iraq, Libya, and Syria. During a war lasting just 19 days, each side flew an average of more than 1,000 sorties per day, and both sides lost around one-third of their aircraft.

Veteran Middle East aviation historian Shlomo Aloni explains how, in contrast to the striking success of the Six-Day War, Israel's prewar plans failed in 1973. Since the Six-Day War, Israel had modernized its air force and planned in detail for this air war. But the IDF underestimated the effectiveness of the latest Soviet air defense technology and doctrine, particularly the new SA-6 missile system.

With archive photos, spectacular combat artwork, 3D diagrams, and maps, this book unravels the complexities of one of the fiercest air wars of modern times, and explains how Israel's eventual victory was achieved against the odds and at a grave cost.

Shlomo Aloni has authored dozens of books and hundreds of articles covering Israel Air Force heritage and Middle East air warfare history.
Product Details ISBN: 9781472858283
ISBN-10: 147285828X
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
Publication Date: August 13th, 2024
Pages: 96
Language: English
Series: Air Campaign