Yom Kippur War 1973

Airpower in Israel's hardest-fought war

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Yom Kippur War 1973

Airpower in Israel's hardest-fought war

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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.

Table of Contents

Attacker's Capabilities

Defender's Capabilities
Campaign Objectives

The Campaign
Day 1, Scratch
Day 2, Challenge and Model
Day 3, Israeli counteroffensives
Day 4–6, Syria first
Day 7–8, ILAF low, IDF high
Day 9–19, Israeli offensives
Aftermath and Analysis
Further Reading

Product details

Published 15 Aug 2024
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 96
ISBN 9781472858283
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations Illustrated throughout with 65 photos and 16 pages of colour illustrations
Dimensions 248 x 184 mm
Series Air Campaign
Short code ACM 43
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

About the contributors


Shlomo Aloni

Shlomo Aloni has authored dozens of books and hund…


Mads Bangsø

Mads Bangsø is an aviation artist with many years…


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