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161 Squadron - The Northern Cobra

The 161 squadron was established in 1980 after several years of testing the AH-1G helicopters received from the United States. In 1981, 17 more helicopters were added to the squadron and the 500MD helicopters were transferred to the 190 squadron. The 161 squadron saw extensive combat in 1982 in Israel's Lebanon campaign, destroying several tanks and losing only one helicopter during the operation. Israel ordered ten additional AH-1F helicopters in 1993 to supplement the squadron. 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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