The Israeli air force is developing a short field operating capability for its Lockheed Martin F-16 fighters, based on the use of a rocket-assisted take-off.

A first test is scheduled for next year, with the air force having decided to develop such a system for its F-16A/B, C/D and I-model variants.

Rocket assistance can be used by some military transports to provide additional thrust when an aircraft is heavy or a runway is short. […]