The Israeli air force’s Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk pilots are using special flying techniques aimed at increasing their survivability in low-intensity conflicts.

During a visit to the “Rolling Sword” squadron, which operates the “Yanshuf” transport, pilots spoke about the skills needed to fly troops or to perform a search and rescue mission in a densely populated area – such as the Gaza Strip – when weapons of all sorts are firing “from every rooftop”.

Israel’s “Protective Edge” operation in Gaza last year saw small arms fire, rocket-propelled grenades and anti-tank rockets directed at helicopters whenever they came into effective range. […]