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IAF reaches crossroads over Apache helicopters

An Antonov An-124 cargo aircraft landed recently at the Israeli Air Force (IAF) Ramon base in southern Israel. The crew, with help from base personnel, unloaded three Boeing AH-64D Apache Longbow helicopters. These left Israel in 2010 as AH-64A Peten and returned as the D model, dubbed Saraf. This shipment of the last upgraded Apache […]

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Another small step to correct a big mistake

Determination is sometimes a partial compensation for stupidity – and this has been proved again with the Israeli F-35.A short reminder – because of basic stupidity, the Israeli ministry of defence did not join the F-35 programme as full partner. After dragging its feet, Israel was accepted with the lowest possible status.This, when for Israel […]

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More F-35s = less tanks and APCs – the IDF’s dilemma

This classic either-or situation will have to be answered soon: another 20 Lockheed Martin F-35′s for the Israeli air force (IAF), or the termination of the Merkava-4 main battle tank and Namer heavy armored personnel carrier.The general staff of the Israeli defence forces (IDF) will have to make this decision while tension about a possible […]

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The war over additional F-35s

The all-time showdown is set to take place in the general staff of the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF).   The issue on the table in the sound proof room in the IDF headquarters in Tel-Aviv will be whether to approve the purchase of another 20 Lockheed Martin F-35 stealth fighters.   This is in addition […]

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KC-135 to Israel – the need, the elections, the priorities

It was meant to kill two birds with one stone. The White House has invited the press to cover the beginning of a legislation process that, among other things, will enable Israel to buy KC-135 aerial refueling aircraft. The timing was carefully selected – the eve of a visit by Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney […]

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Air power distribution as the situation changes

Before the “Arab Spring” was even conceived, the Israeli air force (IAF) decided to make its Nevatim facility in southern Israel a major base for combat and transport squadrons.The Lockheed Martin F-35s the IAF plans to receive in 2017 will be based at Nevatim. This base will also receive the Lockheed Martin C-130Js that have […]

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F-35 for Israel – whispers of doubt grow louder

What until some months ago were only whispers, have become loud words of scepticism. Reports about more delays in the F-35 programme and about the growing costs have brought about the change and key people in the Israeli defence establishment are expressing their thoughts openly.With delivery dates pushed to 2018, growing costs and reports about […]

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Slow process can tailor F-35 to Israel’s needs

Israel is continuing its efforts to obtain US approval to install more locally made systems on the Lockheed Martin F-35s that will be acquired by the Israeli airforce (IAF).Some progress has been made. This fact can be learned from a report prepared by the US Congress research service last month.The report says that in June […]

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Israeli developed systems for F-35 not in this “restaurant”

By ARIE EGOZI You have in your restaurant the best products for preparing a gourmet dinner‫,‬ but your partner, who is stronger physically and has a larger bank account, forces you to serve a simple dinner that will not satisfy the guests. This is a colourful way of describing the feelings of some Israeli defence and […]

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F-35 production rate – can Israel wait?

The problem is simple to define but not to solve. If the Israeli air force (IAF) needed another cause for concern about the delivery dates of 20 Lockheed Martin F-35s, it came in the form of an interview with the Pentagon’s director of the F-35 programme, the US Navy’s Vice Adm David Venlet.   He […]

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