Importance of F-35 to Israel

With Israel looking to maintain its aerial superiority and technological advantage in the region, the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II, the most advanced fighter jet in the world today, is the perfect plane to fortify their defences and augment their forces. The F-35 will give the Israeli Air Force better capabilities, both near and far, to help strengthen its national security. Syria, South Lebanon, Iraq, Egypt and the Islamic State are a constant threat to Israel’s security and they are facing increasingly crowded skies in the neighborhood.

Israel’s Security Cabinet are asking tough questions about plans to purchase F-35 stealth fighter jets from the United States, although, it seems the purchase is vital to maintaining Israel’s military dominance in the Middle East, a task which is getting more difficult as the years go by.

Two squadrons have already been purchased, and Israel has the option of acquiring 17 more. If all goes to plan, the total number of stealth fighters in the Israeli Air Force will reach 50. Various sources have been trying to sway the Israeli decision makers with presentations, statistics and analysis that show the stealth fighter performance is below par for an aircraft that costs over $100 million. These sources also claim that there are deficiencies with the jets range capabilities, stealth capacity and diminished load for weapons and armament. The biggest shortcoming of all, however, is due to the US reluctance to share the jet’s source code, to divulge details of its impenetrable “brain” or to control its operating system.

Israel is, however, confident that the F-35’s performance is more than adequate,as top pilots and experts have examined and tested the F-35 and were satisfied with the results. On procurement of the planes, Israel has no intention of sending it on maintenance to the US or Turkey, where its engines are manufactured. It should also be noted that Israel plans to install their own weapons and arms on the fighter jet and the Americans have agreed to supply a “test jet” to allow them to install special equipment and run practice exercises to test all the changes and additions they wish to incorporate on the stealth fighter.

The Gulf States are buying vast amount of weapons, with Egypt purchasing two MiG squadrons, a Rafale squadron and a huge number of Russian anti aircraft missiles. The Saudis have bought 154 F-15s and as others up their strategic positions with the most cutting edge technological upgrades in the region, Israel must be ready for any possible scenario and every radical strategic shift. The F-35 fits in complete alignment with this long term plan of action, even though Israel is not in a state of war with any of these countries.

The $2.8 billion dollar deal is a step in the right direction especially with the Syrian, Lebanese, Turkish, American, Russian, Saudi, British, French, Jordanian and international coalition forces making their presence felt in the Middle East. This deal marks a new beginning for tactical aviation for Israel, and Lockheed Martin is all set to establish a long and storied relationship with the Israeli Armed Forces. The F-35 strengthens this association between the two states, and ensures that the Israeli aerospace industry will remain strong for decades to come.

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  • Another Guest

    The F-35A Lightning II doesn’t come within a bull’s roar of being the best aircraft for Israel is right on the money. If Israel looks to maintain its aerial superiority and technological advantage in the region, then there is no point buying the F-35 that is totally incapable to fortify their defences and augment their forces.

    The F-35 will give the Israeli Air Force very appalling capabilities, both near and far, which will not help strengthen its national security. Syria, South Lebanon, Iraq, Iran, Egypt and the Islamic State which are indeed constant threat to Israel’s security, but the F-35 is not the aircraft for Israel’s future requirements.

    • Ziv Bnd

      Another guest thinks that Israel is making a mistake by buying 3 squadrons of F-35’s. But oddly enough, the top generals in the IAF, many of whom are fighter aces, strongly believe that the F-35 is a crucial weapon for the defense of Israel from the troglodyte armies that surround them.
      Who to believe, who to believe?
      Another Guest or IAF fighter pilots? It is REALLY hard to figure out who is right here!
      Sarc/

    • RedStatePatriot

      LOL, what should they buy then since you obviously know so much more then 100s of combat pilots, Aerospace Engineers, DARPA, and hundreds of Air Force Generals across at least 11 nations what say you are wrong.

  • Don Bacon

    “Israel is, however, confident that the F-35’s performance is more than
    adequate,as top pilots and experts have examined and tested the F-35 and
    were satisfied with the results.”
    Baloney. The F-35 system is still deep in development, with the required Block 3F software and the final ALIS logistics system still in the future, with over 200 (and counting) “highest priority” hardware modifications required, including to the plane’s frame (bulkheads), and with essential initial operational test and evaluation still to come. (The project is unable to get 23 aircraft ready for combat testing.) The F-35 Milestone C production decision will come after IOT&E, when it will be determined if the F-35 system meets requirements. That’s still years away.

    • RedStatePatriot

      Keep trying Don…. eventually you will be reassigned to another trolling project, I am sure Putin is realizing this one is a lost cause.

  • Jacques Panzerfaust

    The F-35 is a quantum leap in modern warfare. Obviously the huge counter propaganda campaign (Russia) against the F-35 doesn’t discourage Israel and many other countries to buy this outstanding fighter.
    Hollywood still shows air combat with sharp turns and rapid machine gun fire like in the Top Gun movie. Though agility and dogfights are not completely forgotten, the real challenge today is stealth, that is seeing first and kill before being seen by the enemy. To really understand why the need for this plane is so compelling, one has to understand that this not the battle of England anymore.

  • john

    There is no fighter mounted AESA radar that can detect an F-35 BVR. Without anything attached to hard points fourth generation fighters generally have a RCS of 1.0m^2. The F-35 has a RCS of about 0.001m^2, 1/1000 that of fourth generation fighters. You do the math.No nation should spend another dime on fourth generation fighters if they have the opportunity to buy the F-35.

  • Josiah Kunasch

    Israel deserves a bag of coal. Not a sweet-ass jet fighter. Jews ruined our country.

    • RedStatePatriot

      Oh look another LEFTIST trying to make people think he is a Trump supporter.

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