The latest developments in Egypt will affect future procurement programmes of the Israeli airforce. This is the assessment of Israeli observers.
The sudden uprising against president Mubarak is a potential threat to the “cold peace” between Israel and Egypt that was formed in 1979. Since then, in spite of sometimes chilly relations, the Israel defence force (IDF) and especially the Israeli air force (IAF) have been considering the Egyptian military power as a very small if any potential threat.
Now after the recent days development when it is not clear who will be the new rulers of this big country that has a very modern armed forces including its air force, this equation is calling for a new assessment.
While at this stage nobody in the Israeli defence establishment talks about it openly , the reevaluation has begun.
The Israeli sources say that the character of the Egyptian leadership that will come after Mubarak leaves office will determine the needed changes in the force structure of the IDF with special emphasis on air power.