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  • IDF confirms targeted killing of terrorist in Gaza (IAF bags another)

    11/17/2010 9:39:52 AM PST · by mojito · 12 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 11/17/2010 | Staff
    The IDF spokesperson's unit on Wednesday confirmed that during a joint operation with general security forces an Army of Islam official, Aslam Yassin, was killed during a targeted assassination. Yassin was a resident of Jablia in the northern Gaza Strip and was a senior member of the radical Palestinian terror group affiliated with al-Qaida and involved in the 2006 abduction of Gilad Schalit. In recent days Yassin personally worked on carrying out a terrorist attack involving kidnapping Israelis of Sinai, the IDF statement read. Earlier on Wednesday Palestinians reported that a car explosion had killed one person and wounded four...
  • Second squadron of F-35s is ‘an offer hard to refuse’

    11/16/2010 11:32:40 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 19 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 11/15/2010 | YAAKOV KATZ
    Second squadron of F-35s is ‘an offer hard to refuse’ By YAAKOV KATZ 11/15/2010 02:06 Defense officials say arrival of joint strike fighters was of critical importance for the security of the State of Israel. Top IDF officers and Defense Ministry officials claimed Sunday that the arrival of a second squadron of F-35 joint strike fighters was of critical importance for the security of the State of Israel. In an effort to convince the Netanyahu government to impose a three-month moratorium on settlement construction in the West Bank, the Obama administration offered Israel last week a long list of security...
  • IDF decides to store, not deploy, Iron Dome system

    11/08/2010 10:20:10 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 8 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 11/08/2010 | Yaakov Katz
    After months of deliberations, the IDF has decided to store the Iron Dome anti-rocket system at an air force base in the center of the country and to deploy it only in cases of extreme rocket fire from either the Gaza Strip or southern Lebanon, senior military sources said on Sunday. The decision was made ahead of the planned announcement that Iron Dome had reached “initial operational capability,” initially scheduled for this month. On Sunday, top IDF officers told The Jerusalem Post that the initial operational capability would be postponed until the first quarter of 2011. The delay, the officers...
  • Reported 3-year delay in F-35 program may impact delivery (Israel)

    11/02/2010 8:28:17 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 11/03/2010 | YAAKOV KATZ
    Reported 3-year delay in F-35 program may impact delivery By YAAKOV KATZ 11/03/2010 04:52 Less than a month after Israel signs contact to purchase squadron of stealth F-35 fighter jet, an internal review may affect delivery to the IAF. Less than a month after Israel signed a multibillion-dollar contract to purchase a squadron of stealth F-35 Joint Strike Fighters (JSF), the Pentagon revealed on Tuesday that an internal review of the development program had concluded that delivery of the plane would be delayed by three years. On Tuesday, the Pentagon’s Defense Acquisition Board submitted a report to Secretary of Defense...
  • India to spend over $25 billion to induct 250 5th-gen stealth fighters

    10/04/2010 5:28:01 PM PDT · by IndianChief · 6 replies · 1+ views
    The Times of India ^ | Oct 5, 2010 | Rajat Pandit
    NEW DELHI: India will eventually spend over $25 billion to induct 250 advanced stealth fifth-generation fighter aircraft (FGFA), on way to being co-developed with Russia, in what will be the country's biggest-ever defence project. With a potent mix of super-manoeuvrability and supersonic cruising ability, long-range strike and high-endurance air defence capabilities, each FGFA will cost upwards of Rs 450 crore or around $100 million. This will be in addition to the huge investment to be made in co-developing FGFA with cash-strapped Russia, as also the huge infrastructure required to base, operate and maintain such jets in India. "We are looking...
  • 'US arms aid reducing technological gap between IAF, PAF'

    10/01/2010 6:21:29 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki
    Agencies ^ | Oct 01 2010
    'US arms aid reducing technological gap between IAF, PAF' New Delhi: Terming US arms aid to Pakistan as a challenge, India on Friday said the latest F-16s, missiles and munition being supplied to Pakistan Air Force (PAF) could "reduce the technological gap" with the IAF. "It (US arms aid) is certainly a challenge, no doubt about that," IAF's Western Air Command chief Air Marshal N A K Browne told a press conference here. "Earlier the difference of assets was a certain amount. But their acquisitions have seen to have reduced (the gap) between the PAF and IAF in terms of...

    09/16/2010 12:27:09 AM PDT · by Cindy · 35 replies
    YNET NEWS.com ^ | 09.16.10, 07:16 / Israel News | n/a
    "Rocket fire prompts IDF strike on Gaza" SNIPPET: "IAF targets two weapon caches in northern, southern Strip following ongoing rocket fire on Israel's south" SNIPPET: "Israel Air Force jets struck two Gaza targets overnight, following yet another day of continuous rocket fire on Israel's south. Fighter jets targeted two weapons warehouses in southern and northern Gaza in the early hours of Thursday morning. The IDF Spokesman's Unit said the pilots confirmed hitting their targets before safely returning to their base. No injuries were reported among the Palestinians at this time."
  • Israeli Air Force Capable and Prepared to Destroy the Lebanese Army in Just 4 Hours

    08/28/2010 3:45:49 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 7 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | August 28, 2010 | Reaganite Republican
    Lebanon to be held accountable for border-sniping incidents... and likely as well for Hezbollah rockets fired on Northern Israeli civilian centers [pic] The Jerusalem Post is reporting that a US envoy reportedly told the Lebanese Armed Forces chief that if another border incident occurred -as happened earlier this month- the IDF would enact a plan to completely destroy the Lebanese military within four hours: The US warned Lebanon that if it did not prevent any recurrence of the border-fire incident that occurred earlier this month, the IDF would destroy the Lebanese Armed Forces within four hours, Israel Radio cited a...
  • Report: IDF Attacks Targets in South, Central Gaza Strip

    08/17/2010 2:47:35 PM PDT · by Cindy · 34 replies
    YNET NEWS.com ^ | 08.17.10, 23:45 / Israel News | Ali Waked
    NOTE: THIS IS THE NEW ISRAEL-RELATED THREAD Note The following news brief is a quote: Report: IDF attacks targets in south, central Gaza Strip Published: 08.17.10, 23:45 / Israel News Palestinians reported that the IDF had fired towards open ground in Khan Younis and attacked the smuggling tunnels in the south of the Gaza Strip. No injuries were reported. Two IDF soldiers were lightly wounded Tuesday morning from shells fired into the western Negev. (Ali Waked)
  • 4 Rockets Fall In South; None Injured ["near Kibbutz Nahal Oz"]

    07/24/2010 11:40:54 PM PDT · by Cindy · 60 replies · 27+ views
    YNET NEWS.com ^ | Published: 07.24.10, 23:50 / Israel News | Shmulik Hadad
    SNIPPET: "Police are working to figure out the origin of the rocket that was fired from the Gaza Strip Saturday evening and exploded near Kibbutz Nahal Oz, without causing damage or injures. A total of four rockets and two mortar shells were fired at Israel on Saturday, causing no injuries. An initial examination revealed that the rocket fired at Nahal Oz was manufactured using professional means, most likely outside of the borders of the Gaza Strip. The rocket had a diameter of 115 millimeters, and police sappers were working to locate fragments of it to be tested."
  • France offers to Indian Air Force for purchasing 40 Rafale fighters

    06/25/2010 1:14:23 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    All India Today ^ | 6/24/10 | Shailesh Vyas
    France offers to Indian Air Force for purchasing 40 Rafale fighters A French company offered to sell 40 of its state-of-the-art aircraft Rafale fighter jets to India for a bi-lateral air exercise on Friday. An Indo-French joint exercise is to be held somewhere in India in 2011 – 12. The offer was made by the maker of the Rafale and Mirage fighters, Charles Edelstennie, who is also the scion of the Dassult family. Dessult is a multi-billion French military and civil aerospace company. The chairman and chief executive of Dassult said, “We know the Indian Air Force, with which we...
  • Saudi Arabia Gives Israel Clear Skies To Attack Iranian Nuclear Sites

    06/11/2010 6:01:40 PM PDT · by Strategy · 238 replies · 6,595+ views
    The Times ^ | June 12, 2010
    Saudi Arabia has conducted tests to stand down its air defences to enable Israeli jets to make a bombing raid on Iran's nuclear facilities, The Times can reveal. In the week that the UN Security Council imposed a new round of sanctions on Tehran, defence sources in the Gulf say that Riyadh has agreed to allow Israel to use a narrow corridor of its airspace in the north of the country to shorten the distance for a bombing run on Iran. To ensure the Israeli bombers pass unmolested, Riyadh has carried out tests to make certain its own jets are...
  • Breaking News : Saudi Arabia Approves Israeli Jets To Use Saudi Airspace To Bomb Iran (Video)

    06/12/2010 9:18:27 AM PDT · by combat_boots · 56 replies · 2,037+ views
    MSNBS ( Believe it or not) ^ | Saturday, June 12, 2010
    Also see Gerald Celente Channel
  • Video: IAF Picks Off Three Terrorists

    06/01/2010 3:27:08 PM PDT · by Cindy · 14 replies · 937+ views
    ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS.com - ARUTZ SHEVA ^ | Published: 06/01/10, 9:15 AM / Last Update: 06/01/10, 9:55 PM | N/A
    Note: Videos included at link. http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/137806 “Video: IAF Picks Off Three Terrorists” by Gil Ronen and Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu SNIPPET: “An Israel Air Force aircraft fired Tuesday afternoon at Arab terrorists from the Islamic Jihad group near Beit Lahya in Gaza, killing three of them. Video footage shows the terrorists’ last moments and the rockets that were launched in different directions as a result of the explosion from the IAF missile. The attack was a response by the IAF to the firing of short range rockets at Israel yesterday and today. The rockets were fired by terrorists in Gaza, which...
  • Lebanon fires on Israeli warplanes

    06/01/2010 1:05:55 PM PDT · by Pantera · 27 replies · 2,153+ views
    Breitbart ^ | June 1, 2010 | Unknown
    Lebanon's military fired anti-aircraft artillery at Israeli warplanes that were flying over Lebanon, a senior Israeli security official said on Tuesday. "Our aircraft have been targeted by the Lebanese anti-aircraft guns while flying over southern Lebanon, and there was no damage," the official who requested the anonymity told AFP.
  • IDF Attacks 3 Gaza Tunnels

    05/21/2010 12:58:56 AM PDT · by Cindy · 43 replies · 711+ views
    YNET NEWS.com ^ | Published: 05.21.10, 07:07 / Israel News | n/a
    SNIPPET: "Israel Air Force jets attacked three tunnels in the Gaza Strip in a joint Israel Defense Forces and Shin Bet operation on Thursday night, several hours after a Qassam rocket hit the Ashkelon Coast Regional Council. Two of the targets attacked were in the southern Strip and one was in the northern Strip. According to the IDF, terrorists were using the tunnels to try to infiltrate Israel. The IDF Spokesperson's Office said the tunnels were located about 1 kilometer (0.62 miles) from the border fence and that the targets were hit. There have been no reports of injuries among...
  • Wake up to the West Texas Organizing Strategy

    04/20/2010 6:06:39 PM PDT · by Army Air Corps · 41 replies · 809+ views
    Pratt on Texas ^ | 20 April 2010 | Robert Pratt
    Wake up to the West Texas Organizing Strategy (WTOS) Businesses, institutions and politicians need to learn the difference between communities of interest and radical political groups masquerading as such.As was discussed on Pratt on Texas back in 2007, the West Texas Organizing Strategy is an official arm of the radical Chicago-based Industrial Areas Foundation. You’ll find them listed on the IAF’s website among a few dozen other hives of Saul Alinsky socialist groups around the nation. That Lubbock has one should be a concern to Liberty lovers.From the IAF website: “The current generation of IAF organizations began in the mid-1970's...
  • Dow Theorist Richard Russell Predicts Israel Strike On Iran Nuclear Facilities

    04/14/2010 6:11:57 AM PDT · by blam · 39 replies · 1,359+ views
    The Business Insider ^ | 4-14-2010 | Joe Weisenthal
    Dow Theorist Richard Russell Predicts Israel Strike On Iran Nuclear Facilities Joe Weisenthal Apr. 14, 2010, 8:08 AM This has been a concern for world markets for awhile, and now the famous Richard Russell of the Dow Theory Letters chimes in. Here's what he wrote yesterday: Russell is thinking -- The US has always played "big Brother" to Israel. But lately the two have had arguments and it's clear that the US has pulled away from Israel. It occurs to me that Israel is planning to attack Iran and destroy its nuclear facilities. If so, the US does not want...
  • Israeli fighter planes scrambled after foreign warplanes approach Israel

    03/30/2010 10:14:23 AM PDT · by jhpigott · 136 replies · 10,767+ views
    20:02 IAF fighter planes scrambled after foreign warplanes approach Israel (Ch. 2) (just the ticker so far)
  • Congressman To Introduce Resolution Supporting Israeli Strike On Iran

    03/23/2010 8:46:22 AM PDT · by Fennie · 26 replies · 1,590+ views
    NIAC ^ | March 23, 2010
    Washington, DC - A draft resolution is circulating among members of the House of Representatives that endorses an Israeli military attack on Iran "if no other peaceful solution can be found within reasonable time." The resolution, written by Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) and currently being circulated for cosponsors prior to its introduction, does not clarify what is meant by a "reasonable time."
  • Air Force strikes in Gaza; 2 injured

    03/18/2010 11:46:22 PM PDT · by Cindy · 225 replies · 2,589+ views
    (REUTERS) via YNET NEWS.com (Hanan Greenberg contributed to the story) ^ | First Published: 03.19.10, 01:30;Latest Update: 03.19.10, 01:47 / Israel News | n/a
    "Air Force strikes in Gaza" SNIPPET: "IDF retaliates for deadly Qassam attack: Air Force hits several Gaza targets, including metal foundry, smuggling tunnel; Vice PM Shalom says Israel to offer strong response to rocket attack that killed Thai worker Thursday" SNIPPET: "IDF aircraft struck at least four targets in the Gaza Strip on Friday, a day after a rocket fired from the Palestinian enclave killed a Thai worker in Israel, Hamas security officials and witnesses said." SNIPPET: "Israel also sent a letter of complaint to United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, who is due to visit Israel at the weekend,...
  • Delays to postpone F-35 Israel deal

    03/08/2010 8:01:33 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 4 replies · 71+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 3/8/2010 | Yaakov Katz
    Major delays in the production of the fifth-generation stealth F-35 Joint Strike Fighter will likely lead to the postponement of Israel’s procurement plans, which initially set the signing of a contract by the end of March. One top IDF officer told The Jerusalem Post on Sunday that the Defense Ministry was unlikely to sign a letter of agreement (LOA) with the Pentagon before the end of 2010. “Everything now appears to be pushed off by at least a year,” the senior officer said. On Sunday night, IDF Chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi flew to Washington for talks with...
  • Israeli Air Force Training Hints At Possible Strike On Iran

    02/28/2010 6:13:54 AM PST · by Strategy · 17 replies · 1,283+ views
    Israel Today ^ | February 28, 2010
    Israeli media reported on Sunday that the Israeli air force has started practicing rapid refueling, the type of which would only be used in a sustained aerial attack on a distant enemy. The process involves Israeli warplanes sent on raids thousands of miles away returning to Israel, landing and refueling without shutting off their engines in order to get back in the air as fast as possible. Naturally, rapid refueling of this type is very risky, since the fuel is being pumped not far from the jet's engines. Revelation that Israel is doing this kind of training came just a...
  • IAF trains for rapid refueling

    02/27/2010 8:24:00 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 27 replies · 645+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 02/27/2010 | Yaakov Katz
    In preparation for long-range missions and possible conflict with Iran, the Israel Air Force has expanded its training programs to include rapid refueling operations on runways. It’s a dangerous practice since the aircraft’s engines are running while the fuel nozzle is still connected to the jets. The training is for both pilots and ground crews and it is being done to enable the aircraft to carry as much fuel as possible for long-range missions. Fuel nozzles are traditionally disconnected from fighter aircraft while they are still parked in hangers and before they are rolled out to the runway, where they...
  • How Israel's Biggest Drone Could Take Out Iranian Nukes

    02/24/2010 12:37:52 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 32 replies · 1,612+ views
    Popular Mechanics ^ | 2/23/2010 | Joe Pappalardo
    This week the Israeli Air Force (IAF) held a ceremony spotlighting the "operational acceptance" of its biggest unmanned aerial vehicle, the 4.5-ton Heron TP, or "Eitan." The far-flying UAV, with a wingspan almost as long as a 737 airliner, appeared on the runway with a comparatively diminutive F-15 alongside it. The IAF already rushed this UAV into action during the 2008–'09 war in Gaza, so the ceremony really served as a reminder to Iran that its drone fleets can reach the nation. But how will Israel use them? The Eitan can carry a ton of payload and can reach Iran's...
  • Israel army introduces new drone

    02/21/2010 5:33:20 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 6 replies · 593+ views
    Yahoo News/AFP ^ | 1/21/2010 | Yahoo News/AFP
    The new drone that can remain airborne for more than 24 hours and reach as far as Iran was added Sunday to the Israeli air force's arsenal, the military said. Described by the army as a "technological breakthrough" the Eitan -- which means strong in Hebrew -- is a Heron-TP type drone with a wingspan of 26 metres (85 feet), similar to that of the Boeing 737. It is 24 metres (79 feet) long, weighs 4.5 tonnes and can remain in the air for more than 24 hours, enabling it to fly as far as Iran, Israel's arch-foe. The drone...
  • Israel Launches UAV That Can Reach Iran

    02/21/2010 10:58:21 AM PST · by Stoat · 50 replies · 1,899+ views
    Arutz Sheva Israel National News ^ | February 21, 2010 | Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
      The Israeli Air Force Sunday launched a new unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), dubbed "Eitan," that can stay in the air 24 hours and can reach Iran. During the ceremony, attended by Air Force Commander Major General Ido Nehushtan, the UAV was officially transferred from the Israel Aerospace Industries to the IAF.  “The ‘Eitan’ marks a technological breakthrough and a new level in the Air Force's ability to operate against threats, near and far, in its every day missions and during emergencies,” IDF spokesmen said. Military officials at the ceremony declined to say whether the new UAV was designed for use...
  • IAF introduces new drone fleet

    02/21/2010 9:06:20 AM PST · by Nachum · 15 replies · 544+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 2/21/10 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
    The Israel Air Force on Sunday introduced a fleet of large unmanned planes it claims can fly as far as Iran. Air force officials said the Heron TP drones have a wingspan of 26 meters, making them the size of passenger jets. They said the planes can fly 20 consecutive hours, and are primarily used for surveillance and carrying payloads. The drones, built by state-owned Israel Aerospace Industries, were first used during Israel's Gaza war last year. At an inauguration ceremony Sunday, officials refused to say how large the new fleet is or whether the planes were designed for use...
  • Lebanese army fires on Israeli fighter planes

    02/14/2010 6:15:31 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 13 replies · 791+ views
    Middle East Online ^ | 1/14/2010 | Middle East Online
    Lebanese anti-aircraft guns opened fire on four Israeli fighter planes which were violating its air space and flying at low altitude on Monday, the military said. "The army's anti-aircraft guns fired at four enemy Israeli planes that had been overflying the (southern) area of Marjayoun this morning," an army spokesman said on condition of anonymity. A media correspondent in southern Lebanon said about 70 rounds had targeted four Israeli planes. While Lebanon's army publishes almost daily reports of Israeli violations of Lebanese air space, the military rarely opens fire unless the planes fly within range of its guns. The Israeli...
  • Obama sending light attack aircraft to Lebanon/Hezbollah

    02/13/2010 11:56:28 PM PST · by Frankusa · 20 replies · 871+ views
    The United States expressed readiness to provide Lebanon by 2013 with aircraft designed for light attack, the local daily As Safir reported Friday. The report said the Pentagon has proposed to provide Lebanon with Hawker-Beechcraft AT-6 or Embraer (NYSE:ERJ) Super Tucano planes to improve its capabilities in reconnaissance missions and counter- insurgency operations. Reconnaissance missions and counter- insurgency operations? Hmmm, what kind of counter insurgency operations are they referring to? Lebanon doesn't need weapons to defend itself against Syria. Lebanon and Syria have been on good terms with each other ever since Barack Obama became President. Lebanese Prime Minister, Saad...
  • Operative cited for 'firing rockets' dies in firefight with Israelis

    02/13/2010 5:07:41 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 15 replies · 455+ views
    Israel's military has killed a Palestinian identified as an operative aligned with Al Qaida The military said Fares Ahmed Jaber was killed during a gun battle on Feb. 11 in the Gaza Strip. Fares was said to have been killed in an Israel Air Force strike as his squad prepared to attack an Israeli target near the northern Gaza Strip. "Fares Ahmed Jaber, who was killed in the IAF strike while preparing to carry out an attack in the area, was a global jihad operative," a military statement said. The military employs the term "global jihad" to describe Palestinian operatives...
  • An Israeli Stunner

    02/10/2010 6:30:25 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 41 replies · 1,278+ views
    The Strategy Page ^ | 1/10/2010 | The Strategy Page
    has developed a new anti-missile missile to deal with long range (up to 200 kilometers) rockets. Their Stunner missile is yet another development of the Israeli Python heat seeking air-to-air missile. Stunner apparently came out of the work to develop the recent Spyder anti-aircraft missile. Spyder is a mobile, short range system using, as many such systems do these days, air-to-air missiles. Spyder launchers (truck mounted, with four box like launch cells each) can carry either the Python 5 heat seeking missile (ten feet long, 231 pounds, with a range of 15 kilometers) or the Derby radar guided missile (11.2...
  • Israeli warplanes bomb southern Gaza

    02/10/2010 1:39:16 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 9 replies · 464+ views
    AFP ^ | 1/10/2010 | AFP
    Israeli warplanes bombed several sites in southern Gaza overnight in response to rocket fire from the Hamas-run enclave, the army and Palestinian medics said on Wednesday. No one was wounded or killed in the strikes, which destroyed an abandoned building in Gaza's only airport, according to medics. The airport was shut down and largely destroyed after the outbreak of the 2000 Palestinian uprising, or intifada, and has not been used since. The attacks came in response to rocket fire from the impoverished enclave over the past several days, the army said in a statement. The rocket fire did not cause...
  • IAF might get missile-armed Sukhois by 2012

    02/05/2010 1:35:54 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 307+ views
    Central Chronicle ^ | 02/04/2010 | Central Chronicle
    Indian Air Force's multi-role Sukhoi Su-30 MKI fighters could be armed with supersonic cruise missiles by 2012, giving them the capability to strike ground targets from stand-off distance. "The work to adopt the missile for deployment on fighter is being carried out by the Rosoboronexport, the Sukhoi Design Bureau and NPO Mashinostroyeniya (Russian partner in BrahMos JV)," a top official of the aircraft manufacturer has said, adding that the missiles could be mounted on the aircraft in two years. With this, India would get the capability to fire these missiles from land, sea as well as air. BrahMos are already...
  • IAF bombs Gaza smuggling tunnels

    02/03/2010 3:01:01 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 163+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 2/03/2010 | JPost.com Staff
    The IAF struck weapons smuggling tunnels along the Philadelphi Corridor, in the southern Gaza Strip. early Wednesday morning The strikes came in response to two barrels containing explosive devices washing ashore on beaches in Ashkelon and Ashdod Monday. Both were destroyed by police sappers. "The IDF will continue to operate with determintation and force against those who use terror against Israel, and hold Hamas responsible [for the attempted attack]," an army statement read.
  • Software Code Source of Tension for F-35 Sales

    01/27/2010 10:05:30 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 22 replies · 624+ views
    Wharton Aerospace ^ | 1/17/2010 | Wharton Aerospace
    A dogfight over software is intensifying as the Pentagon reaffirmed that it will not share with partner countries the sensitive code that controls Lockheed Martin's F-35 radar-evading jet fighter, according to an article published by Reuters. Britain, which funded about $2 billion of the F-35, is among eight countries that co-financed the system. Nonetheless, no country will receive the source code or the vital electronics that control everything from weapons integration to radar to flight dynamics, according to the article. The jet, known as the Joint Strike Fighter, can switch between air-to-ground and air-to-air missions in mid-flight, thanks to some...
  • The Long Arm Of Israel Gets Longer

    01/18/2010 10:04:36 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 14 replies · 776+ views
    The Strategy Page ^ | 1/18/2010 | The Strategy page
    Israel has put an eighth KC-707 aerial refueling aircraft into service. It cost $23 million to convert a Boeing 707 transport into a tanker. Israel introduced the first of these aircraft in 1983, and is in the process of refurbishing the older ones. With these tankers, Israeli F-15s and F-16s can stay in the air longer, and make strikes on distant targets, like Iran. Israel first used the KC-707 to attack Palestinian terrorists, 2,000 kilometers away, in Tunis, Tunisia, in 1985. The U.S. Air Force introduced a similar aircraft, the KC-135, over fifty years ago. All 732 KC-135s were built...
  • Israel Bolsters KC-707 Refueling Fleet

    01/14/2010 8:34:50 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies · 590+ views
    AviationWeek.com ^ | Jan 14, 2010 | Alon BenDavid
    Israel Bolsters KC-707 Refueling Fleet Jan 14, 2010 By Alon BenDavid Nevatim AB, Israel With the threat of a conflict with Iran looming, the Israeli air force has augmented its fleet of KC-707 (“Re’em”) aerial refueling aircraft with an eighth tanker, bolstering the strike capacity the country would have if it tries to undertake a raid on Teheran’s nuclear facilities. The $23-million contract to reconfigure the aircraft was awarded to Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) in late 2008, as part of a strategic effort to rapidly enhance the country’s long-range strike capabilities. “Many of the air force’s current missions require extended...
  • Israel set to deploy Iron Dome anti-missile system news

    01/10/2010 6:32:59 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 9 replies · 616+ views
    Domain-B ^ | 01/09/2010 | Domain-B
    Israel has completed testing its Iron Dome short-range missile defence system, designed to protect the Jewish state from missile attacks by the Lebanese Hezbollah and the Palestinian Hamas. The first Iron Dome battery is expected to be deployed in the country's south in about six weeks. Expected to be operational by May, the Iron Dome system is expected to counter Hamas' improvised rockets, called the Qassam. The system will be operated by the Israeli Air Force. Subsequently, batteries will be deployed in the country's north against the Hezbollah's more varied missile forces. "Making Iron Dome operational will transform Israel's political...
  • Israel succesfuly tests anti-rocket system

    01/06/2010 9:54:39 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 8 replies · 584+ views
    Space War ^ | 01/06/2009 | AFP via Space War
    Israel has completed tests on its Iron Dome anti-missile system, designed to provide a response to the thousands of rockets fired at Israel by Hamas and Hezbollah, the defence ministry said. The system, which can intercept short-range rockets and artillery shells, underwent its final tests in the past 48 hours, a statement said. "For the first time, Iron Dome faced multiple threats simultaneously. All the threats were intercepted with complete success," the statement said. The next phase in the development of the system was to integrate it into the army, the statement said. Israel hopes the system will provide it...
  • Israelis ponder the perils of hitting Iran

    01/04/2010 8:43:32 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 18 replies · 890+ views
    Space War ^ | 12/30/2009 | UPI via Space War
    Amid mounting concern that Israel may unleash pre-emptive strikes against Iran to attack its nuclear facilities, some Israeli commentators are preaching restraint. They warn that Israel does not have the firepower to deliver a knockout blow to Iran's perceived drive for nuclear weapons and faces a potentially withering Iranian retaliation the likes of which they have never endured before. "It must be stated plainly: Israel does not have independent strike capability against Iran -- not in the broad sense of the term," Amos Harel wrote in the liberal daily Haaretz Wednesday. "The air force is capable of delivering a certain...
  • Dad would be proud: Orbaum triplets serving in IAF (Identical girls in Israeli Air Force)

    12/09/2009 5:20:10 PM PST · by Fenhalls555 · 34 replies · 1,930+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | Dec 9, 2009 | Yaakov Katz
    "The concept of 'one for all and all for one' can get pretty absurd," the late Jerusalem Post staffer and columnist Sam Orbaum wrote about his identical triplet daughters 14 years ago. Orbaum, who passed away in 2002 at the age of 46, went on in the column, entitled "The threeness of it all," to describe life as a father of identical triplets. Not only did he sometimes mix them up, Orbaum wrote in his well-known wry, comic style, but he was also constantly impressed by their tight bond - when for example they stood up for one another in...
  • India Seeks Advice From A Special Friend

    12/09/2009 11:59:39 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 19 replies · 872+ views
    The Strategy Page ^ | 12/09/2009 | The Strategy Page
    Israel has become a major exporter of military equipment to India. And that includes advice, as well as hardware. Recently, for example, Indian Air Force commanders have been asking Israeli advice on the Indian effort to select a supplier for over a hundred high end jet fighters. Israeli Air Force officials have recommended the U.S. F-16. In this case, the Israelis practice what they preach, currently having over 300 F-16s in service. Israeli firms also manufactures a lot of add-on gear for F-16s (and similar fighters). India has been leaning towards the Swedish Gripen, but the Israelis point out that...
  • Dad Would Be Proud: Orbaum Triplets All Serving In Israel Air Force

    12/09/2009 2:21:41 PM PST · by goldstategop · 17 replies · 1,112+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 12/09/2009 | Yaakov Katz
    The concept of 'one for all and all for one' can get pretty absurd," the late Jerusalem Post staffer and columnist Sam Orbaum wrote about his identical triplet daughters 14 years ago. The Orbaum girls in uniform. The Orbaum girls in uniform. Orbaum, who passed away in 2002 at the age of 46, went on in the column, entitled "The threeness of it all," to describe life as a father of identical triplets. Not only did he sometimes mix them up, Orbaum wrote in his well-known wry, comic style, but he was also constantly impressed by their tight bond -...
  • What's wrong with IAF's Sukhoi?

    12/03/2009 8:38:50 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies · 1,361+ views
    India Today ^ | December 4, 2009 | Manoj Joshi
    What's wrong with IAF's Sukhoi? New Delhi December 4, 2009 Even if temporary, the grounding of Sukhoi- 30MKI fighters of the Indian Air Force ( IAF) has opened up a huge gap in the country's air defence system. Our Sukhois are currently located in the following manner - two squadrons in Pune, Maharashtra, two in Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh, and one in Tezpur, Assam. A sixth squadron was forming up in Jodhpur, Rajasthan, and it was from this squadron that the aircraft that crashed this week belonged. Each squadron has roughly 20 aircraft and the total India has is about 105...
  • Israeli pilots prep to fight Iran's SAMs

    11/24/2009 10:38:28 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 20 replies · 1,120+ views
    Space War ^ | 11/24/2009 | Staff Writers Via UPI
    As Iran tests the capabilities of its air defense systems in nationwide exercises, the Israeli air force is reported to be planning special seminars to prepare its attack pilots to cope with heavy surface-to-air missile defenses. According to The Jerusalem Post, the sessions will encompass "future conflict with Hamas, Hezbollah, Syria and Iran" in which air force crews will "have to deal with an unprecedented number of surface-to-air missiles, most of them Russian-made." None of these adversaries is considered to pose an overwhelming air-defense threat, although Israeli intelligence believes that Iran has supplied some shoulder-fired surface-to-air missiles to the Palestinian...
  • U.S. pitches unique F-35 fighter jet to Israel

    11/23/2009 10:40:46 PM PST · by UAConservative · 10 replies · 596+ views
    Reuters ^ | November 23, 2009 | Jim Wolf
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States has offered to add Israeli systems and munitions to a new U.S.-built fighter jet and deliver it to Israel by 2015, provided a deal is sealed in coming months. Lockheed Martin Corp, maker of the radar-evading F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, would tie in Israeli-built command, control, communications, computer and intelligence systems for a unique version of the jet for sale to Israel, Jon Schreiber, a senior Pentagon program official, told Reuters Monday. The United States also would integrate bombs that use an Israeli precision guidance kit called Spice along with Python 5 air-to-air missiles...
  • IAF Retaliates for Rocket Attack, Overnight Air Strikes in Gaza (Oh Yes!)

    11/21/2009 11:24:53 PM PST · by bogusname · 5 replies · 1,095+ views
    Israel National News ^ | Nov. 22, 2009 | Hana Levi Julian
    The Israel Air Force carried out an air strike against terrorist operations in Gaza overnight in retaliation for a Kassam rocket fired at the western Negev on Saturday. The rocket exploded in the city of Sderot, according to the IDF Spokesman's Office, but caused no injuries or damage. In response, IAF fighter jets targeted and identified hitting two weapons factories in the northern and central regions of Gaza early Sunday. They also struck one smuggling tunnel located in the area of Rafiah, along Gaza's southern border with Egypt. All pilots returned to base safely...
  • IAF jets bomb Gaza targets in retaliation for weekend Kassam

    11/21/2009 7:27:29 PM PST · by Nachum · 7 replies · 654+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 11/21/09 | GREER FAY CASHMAN AND HERB KEINON
    IAF aircraft bombed two Hamas weapons plants in northern and central Gaza Strip overnight Saturday, as well as an arms smuggling tunnel in the southern Strip. Masked Palestinian terrorists... According to the IDF Spokesperson's Office, the attack was in response to the Kassam rocket launched at Israel on Saturday morning. Palestinian sources said five people were wounded in the attack. On Saturday morning, a Kassam rocket fired from Gaza hit the Sha'ar Hanegev region, causing no casualties or damage. Israel reacted with little enthusiasm to reports on Saturday that Hamas had reached an agreement with other terrorist groups in Gaza...
  • Israel wants production role in F-35

    11/13/2009 1:23:21 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 16 replies · 700+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 11/13/2009 | Yaakov Katz
    While Israel is interested in purchasing the fifth-generation stealth Joint Strike Fighter from Lockheed Martin, it will likely hinge its order on US acceptance of its demand that Israeli defense industries be allowed to participate in the aircraft's production, senior defense officials said Thursday. On Monday, Defense Minister Ehud Barak met with US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and discussed potential Israeli involvement in the production of the JSF, also known as the F-35. In the past, Israeli aerospace companies have been integrated into the production of aircraft purchased by the IAF. During their meeting, as well as a meeting...