Tag Archives | KC-135

To the last drop of fuel – and capability

The Israeli air force is keeping its aerial refuelling capabilities in peak condition. When the main enemy is far away and is building a nuclear capability in tandem with long-range ballistic missiles, this is a must. Last week, the air force’s Boeing 707 tanker aircraft met in the skies with its Lockheed Martin F-16C/D Barak […]

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This ‘candy’ is not so sweet – KC-135s for the Israeli air force

In an effort to persuade Israel to renew peace talks with Palestine, Washington has promised Israel a number of defence systems. This “candy” includes KC-135 aerial tankers from the US Air Force inventory. Given the choice, Israel would have declined this part of the proposed deal, but its hands are tied. There are many indications […]

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Politics , operational needs and technology

By ARIE EGOZI Not all arms deals in the world are only in the hands of the generals. Politicians play a growing role in many such  deals and Israel is part of this “trend” . Only recently , the word went out from Washington about a deal to supply the Israeli air force (IAF) with […]

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Small cut in US grants – but big problems still loom

It will take creative financing to enable Israel, or specifically in my area of interest, the Israeli air force to gain its full budgetary wish list.Last week, Washington announced it will cut 5% ($175 million) from its annual military aid package to Israel as part of across-the-board budgetary spending cuts. US military aid to Israel […]

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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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