On any given night, a Hofit (“stint”) plane might fly over the Israel-Lebanon border, as a team of intelligence scouts on board pours over images from the ground, snapping high quality photographs and searching for Hezbollah activities.

The scouts will send their data back to Military Intelligence, which will proceed to analyze the visual intelligence, and build up a database of targets that will be activated in the next clash with Hezbollah.

Down south, meanwhile, over the Gaza Strip, a Tzofit (“honey sucker”) plane could have just been scrambled following a Palestinian rocket attack on a southern Israeli city. The intelligence scouts in that plane will be tasked with “incriminating” a target, making sure that it is linked to a terror organization, “cleaning” it – confirming that there are no noncombatants in the vicinity – and broadcasting the image to a variety of possible “customers,” from fighter jets en route to a bombing run or a battalion commander on the ground. […]