160 Squadron - The First Cobra
Israel formed the 160 helicopter squadron in April 1980 to operate fifteen MD500s and three AH-1S helicopters. In the following year, nine AH-1F Cobras were delivered, followed by eight more in 1985, and four more in 1987. The 160 squadron conducted operations in Lebanon in 1982, but did not initially engage in anti-tank combat and instead served as closer air support. In 2001, Israel acquired 15 AH-1E helicopters from the US Army. As of 2005, the 160 squadron uses exclusively AH-1E/F helicopters.
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