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AH-64A 924 of 190 squadron.
(photo, Israeli Air Force)

Unit History

190 Squadron

(190 Tayeset "Ha'Defender'iet" - The Defender Squadron)
Role: Anti-tank/Reconnaissance/Weapons Training

A squadron of Hughes 500MD/TOW Defender armed scout helicopters was formed in 1985 with aircraft transfered from 160 and 161 sqns. This unit has been identified as 190 Squadron. It was initially based at Palmachim alongside the AH-1 sqns but later moved to Ramat David.

The type is used in the anti-tank, armed reconnaissance and helicopter weapons training roles - and also for coastal/border anti-terrorist patrols. The IDF/AF examples are fitted with Black Hole Ocarina side mounted exhaust outlets to reduce IR signature.

The unit has now converted to the AH-64A Apache.

Hughes 500MD/TOW serial 220 banks sharply at low level. (photo, Israeli Air Force)
Hughes 500MD/TOW serial 208 raises dust in a hover. (photo, Israeli Air Force)
A trio of Hughes 500MD/TOWs take-off.
(photo, Israeli Air Force)

Air Bases:
Base Duration
Palmachim 1985-?
Ramat David Present

Aircraft Used:
Type Qty Service Badge Example Serials
Hughes 500MD/TOW20?1985 - ?1206,207,208, 212,214,219, 220,224
Hughes 500MD/TOW61985 - ? 1254,282

Unit Insignia:
Figure 1 Figure 2
Figures 1 & 2 courtesy of Amos Dor

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