Skip to comments.Israel plans for second F-35 squadron
Posted on 03/16/2012 12:54:57 AM PDT by U-238
Despite deepening defense budget cuts, the Israeli air force is reported to be moving toward ordering a second squadron of 20 F-35 stealth fighters from Lockheed Martin, possibly as early as this year.
The first 20 Joint Strike Fighters were ordered in October 2010 at a cost of $2.75 billion.
Israel ultimately wants to acquire 75 F-35s, to replace Lockheed Martin's F-16I and Boeing's F-15I to form the spearhead of its strategic air power, particularly in terms of long-range strikes against Iran.
But the cost in the current budgetary climate is likely to be prohibitive, particularly as Israel's military is focused on developing a range of anti-missile defense systems to confront an anticipated massive bombardment that could go on for weeks with potentially catastrophic results.
"According to initial plans, the (air force) would place the order for the second squadron in late 2012-early 2013 and begin receiving the planes in 2020," The Jerusalem Post reported.
"It is possible, however, that the United States would attach the new squadron to the one ordered in 2010 and expedite the delivery if the order is placed soon."
Israeli pilots are to begin training on the F-35 in the United States in 2016, with the first of the fifth-generation fighters scheduled to arrive in Israel in early 2017.
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2020? It’ll be a very mature weapon system by then. I can’t believe LockMart can’t pump them out faster than that.
First delivery in 2017? If Israel doesn’t take out Iran and the US doesn’t change its leadership, there won’t be an Israel in 2017 IMO.
Pretty late for an aircraft that is already obsolete.
If youd like to be on or off, please FR mail me.
The production version of the F-22 first flew in 1997, first entered service in 2005, and today in 2012 still doesn't have all the software required to take full advantage of it's ground attack capbilities.
The F-35 isn't even in service yet, so 2020 is a reasonable time frame.
They appear to be doing the same thing again.
It can fly with the 6 million lines of code already
I do not think the airplane is obsolete.
Some other people think like that also. If it isn’t obsolete already it will be by 2030. I think it is nothing but a crate full of compromises with mediocre range and several other deficiencies 15 years in the making and way more expensive than it should be. Another F-111 with one engine.
The look around sensors and linking between other aircraft is OK but doesn’t require an F-35 for all that.
That’s what it takes to make a horse race. Of course war is no horse race.
You are forgetting that the plane’s avionics are constatly being upgraded.
There is just a tiny bit of difference between flying and fighting, unless you think we're just out to win airshows.
This is from DoD Buzz
But you are correct: Later on in the article it was mentioned:
The concerns are, there is a lot of software still to go still code to build, still weapons to certify, Burbage said
Read more: http://www.dodbuzz.com/2011/06/21/pas11-the-f-35-software-situation/#ixzz1pPAur42R