Brigadier General Ran Kochav is an Israel Defense Forces brigadier general who has served as the commander of the Israeli Air and Missile Defense Forces. General Kochav has held a number of command roles within the IDF, including as the commander of the 66th battalion the divisional anti-aircraft officer of the 91st Division before the 2006 Lebanon war and head of the special forces section in the Air Group of IAF (2005-2006).
In 2006, Kochav was appointed the commander of the 136th Battalion 'Protective Sword', which he also commanded during the 2006 second Lebanon war. Upon his return from studies in the US (2008-2009) he was appointed as the head of TRADOC (Training and Doctrine) section of the anti-aircraft command. He led the operational evolution that brought the Anti-Aircraft Forces ('Nun-Mem') to its current structure as the Air and Missile Defence Command ('Hagna'), as well as making Iron Dome operational. As a commander of IAMD forces he had responsibility for protecting Israel from Palestinian rocket attacks.
In April 2021 he was appointed the IDF's spokesperson.