Air Force Buys Instant Runway Repair

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CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Israeli defense officials purchased a state-of-the-art material that repairs damaged runways so quickly that flights can resume within minutes.

With the IAF's (Israeli Air Force) latest purchase, bombed-out runways can be readied for fighter jets to resume operations within minutes, a major improvement over asphalt patches.

The new material held up well in recent tests with fully loaded jet fighters.

A senior IAF officer said the purchase of the new material was based on the lessons learned from the Second Lebanon War in the summer of 2006, when Hezbollah terrorists fired more than 4,000 Katyusha rockets on northern Israel.

"Our assumption is that we will be under a heavy barrage of missiles in a future conflict," a senior IAF officer told Jerusalem Post correspondent Yaakov Katz.

"This applies to all of the air force bases in the south and in the north," he said.

The IAF is also looking into purchasing vertical takeoff F-35B Joint Strike Fighters, based on the expectation that enemy missiles would target IDF bases and runways.

Source: The Jerusalem Post

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