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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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Robots versus humans – a showdown?

The F-35 is the last manned fighter aircraft. Unmanned air systems (UAS) will take over all the missions currently performed by manned platforms.   These assertions are frequently heard from people that are supposed to know. But if you look at what happens in “the field”, things look different.   In Israel, a world power […]

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High-flying question marks – the Israeli air force inventory

Will the defence budget problems extend the life of some aircraft in the Israeli air force (IAF) inventory? This question becomes more and more acute, as the budget problems are heavier than ever before.   Two types are in focus – the F-15s and the A-4s. The repeated delays in the delivery dates of the […]

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F-35s, delivery dates and filling the gap – the dilemma

Fluctuation is the most stable situation in the Middle East. This is proved again and again along a time axis.   The most recent proof is the talk about a “gap filler” that will enable the Israeli air force (IAF) to keep its full operational capability if the purchased Lockheed Martin F-35s land at an […]

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The dilemma is clear – the solution will stay ‘in the air’

The outcome is almost certain – Israel will purchase more F-35s in addition to the 20 that are included in the contract signed last year.The purchase of the additional stealth fighters is a main issue in the deliberations that take place in recent weeks in the general staff of the Israeli defence forces.The outcome does […]

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