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Iranian drones heading to Israel were shot down over Iraq

The two armed Shahed-136 kamikaze drones that were on their way to Israel in a reprisal mission, were intercepted & downed in mid February by int’l coalition jets near Erbil Iraq.



Two Iranian drones shot down over Iraq last month by American fighter jets were set to explode in Israeli territory, the defense establishment has confirmed.

Truck-mounted Shahed-136 drone launcher. – Screenshot

The drones, which were downed by the international coalition close to Erbil in the Kurdistan region of Iraq, were said to be Shahed-136.

Prior to the foiled attack, which occurred on February 14, Israeli security officials had been on high alert over fears of an Iranian response to a series of Israeli attacks on Iranian targets as part of the IDF’s war-between-wars campaign. Continue Reading »

F-35 photographed by Hezbollah TV flying over Lebanon

‘Caught’ during a rare operational flight, a photographer for a Hezbollah-owned TV station posted photos on Twitter of the advanced 5th-generation aircraft flying over Lebanon….but identified them as F-15 fighter jets.



Israeli F-35s are never seen in combat, but on Monday they seemed to have been captured by a Lebanese photographer patrolling the skies over Lebanon.

Translated from Arabic by Google: 6 F-15s. A hostile Israeli woman was flying over Lebanon for hours.
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Netanyahu responds to Iranian threat: ‘Our jets can reach you’

Responding to threats from an Iranian parliamentarian, PM Benjamin Netanyahu warns Tehran from Israel’s Nevatim Air Force base that Israel’s battled-tested F-35i “Adir” jets can strike anywhere in the Middle East, including Iran.



Tehran should remember that Israel’s air force can strike anywhere in the Middle East, including Iran and Syria, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday after visiting a F-35 squadron at the Nevatim Air Force base.

“Iran has threatened recently to destroy Israel,” Netanyahu said in a video clip he posted, standing in front of an F-35 “Adir” plane. “It is worthwhile for them to remember that these plans can reach everywhere in the Middle East, including Iran and Syria. Continue Reading »

US freezes F35 deal with Turkey over purchase of Russian S-400 missile system

Having ignored NATO & US warnings against Turkey’s instance to acquire the Russian S-400 missile defense system, Washington halts F-35 equipment transfers to Ankara and will possibly freeze deal where two jets are expected to be handed over this month.



The Pentagon’s decision to stop the delivery of equipment related to the F-35 stealth fighter jet to Turkey due to Ankara’s decision to purchase the Russian-made S-400 air defense system will allow Israel to keep it’s aerial superiority in the Middle East.

Washington’s move follows repeated warnings both from the United States and NATO allies to Ankara that buying the Russian system alongside the Lockheed Martin-produced jets would threaten the security of the F-35s by learning how to spot and track it. Continue Reading »

Israel Air Force grounds F-35i squadron

Following a crash in North Carolina of a U.S. Marine Corps F-35B, Israel grounds its fleet of ‘Adirs’ until an investigative checkup of the aircrafts is completed.

By Tzvi Lev


The Israeli Air Force decided to ground its fleet of F-35 fighter jets after the plane’s first ever crash last month in North Carolina.

During the crash, the Marine Corps F-35B was completely destroyed. A post-crash investigation found that a faulty fuel pipe in the engine caused the crash, leading the US to ground all of it’s F-35 planes until they can be given the once-over.

Similar to the aircraft that crashed, this British F-35B seen hovering at the Royal International Air Tattoo in 2016 – Photo: mod.uk

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Kuwaiti daily reports 2 Israeli F-35i ‘Adir’ jets flew over Iran in March

Two Israeli Air Force F-35i jets reportedly flew undetected over Iran this past March, crossing into Syria, Lebanon and Iraqi airspace along the way, acquiring real-time surveillance intel on sensitive sites believed to be associated with Iran’s ‘nonexistent’ nuclear program.

By Smadar Perry


Israeli stealth planes reached Iran and returned without anyone noticing, Kuwaiti daily newspaper Al-Jarida reported, citing unnamed sources.

According to the report, two IAF F-35 Adir fighter jets entered Iranian airspace last March and conducted reconnaissance flights undetected, crossing Syrian and Iraqi airspace on their way to the Islamic republic.

Israeli F-35i ‘Adir’ was photographed flying over Beirut completely unnoticed.

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Countering Syria’s new S-300 missiles, Israel will use F-35i stealth fighters

Israel’s Army Radio reported that Israel will use its recently acquired F-35I ‘Adir’ aircrafts to counter escalated threat posed by Syria’s introduction of Russian S-300 missile systems into the area.

By Arutz Sheva Staff


Israel will use the F-35I stealth fighter to attack Syria, Galei Tzahal (Army Radio) reported.

The decision comes after Syria began receiving on Tuesday its new S-300 surface-to-air missile defense system.

Russian Air Force transport planes unload newly acquired S-300 missile systems in Syria – Screenshot: Russian video release

The new system, sold to Syria by Russia, is intended to stop enemy planes – including Israeli planes – from attacking. Continue Reading »

IDF tweets Israel’s F-35 first to attack, avoided over 100 anti-aircraft missiles

Israel Air Force commander Maj. Gen. Amikam Norkin presented a photo to foreign air force commanders of an IAF F-35 ‘Adir’ jet over Beirut, saying, “We attacked twice in the Middle East with the F-35—we’re the first in the world to do so.”

By Yoav Zitun


The Israeli Air Force was the first in the world to carry out attacks with the F-35 stealth fighter jet, the IAF commander said Thursday.

Israel’s F-35 Adir was photographed flying over Beirut completely unnoticed. There must have been TWO… someone took this picture! – Screenshot: Israel’s TV NEWS

Speaking to foreign air force commanders at a conference in Herzliya, Maj. Continue Reading »

Report: Israeli jets fly over Iran, photograph, collect intel undetected

According to a Kuwaiti report, two Israel Air Force Adir stealth fighter jets entered Iranian airspace, via Syria & Iraq unnoticed, including undetected by the Russian radar systems located in Syria.



Two Israeli F-35 fighter jets entered Iranian airspace over the past month, Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Jarida reported on Thursday. The act is a signal of heightened regional tensions, especially in light of recent Israeli military attacks in Syria, including against Iranian bases in the country.

Sources quoted in Al-Jarida stated that two stealth fighters flew over Syrian and Iraqi airspace to reach Iran, and even targeted locations in the Iranian cities Bandar Abbas, Esfahan and Shiraz. Continue Reading »

WATCH: Israel’s Air Force retaliates after Gaza rocket explodes in Israel


IAF F-35i “Adir” stealth fighter jets were reportedly used in the strike on Hamas targets.
 – Palestinian media reports injuries resulting from the IDF strike, with one person rushed to Gaza hospital.
 – IDF Spokesperson after the strike, “Israel holds the terrorist organization solely responsible for activities on the Strip.”



The Israeli Air Force targeted two Hamas posts on the northern Gaza Strip late Tuesday night following an earlier rocket attack from the Hamas-controlled territory, according to the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit.

F-35I “Adir” armed and ready. – courtesy

“Israel holds the terrorist organization solely responsible for activities on the Strip,” stated the IDF after the strike. Continue Reading »

US General: ‘Israeli pilots will utilize their F-35i more effectively than other pilots’


Lockheed Martin VP discusses the F-35 project, IAF pilots, at Israel’s 2nd International Conference for Air Power in Tel Aviv.

By Mordechai Sones


“Let me begin with a story about a friend and colleague, a USAF general and fighter pilot who had flown many aircraft types and is an expert on airborne weapon systems. After 50 hours flying the F-35, I asked for his impressions. Here is what he had to say: ‘This is unbelievable, much better than anything any pilot could have wished for himself. I felt like a sniper wearing a Ghillie suit, effectively concealed and camouflaged and seeing three enemy snipers fully exposed on the ground. Continue Reading »

WATCH: More F-35 stealths arrive in Israel for ‘Jewish conversion’ of ‘Made in Israel’ electronics


Upon arrival of the three F-35 jets, still plagued with original glitches, each aircraft will be immediately fitted with ‘Made in Israel’ electronic systems transferring the stealth fighter to a F-35i ‘Adir’, the most advanced jet-fighter in the world.

By Itay Blumental


Three F-35 stealth fighter jets landed on Sunday in Nevatim Airbase in the Negev, joining two others that arrived about four months ago.

The three planes will undergo a thorough testing and implementation procedure lasting about a year.

Israel became the first country after the US to receive the American-built jets, which will increase its ability to attack distant targets. Continue Reading »

3 more F-35 stealth fighters to arrive in Israel Sunday


Upon delivery of the 3 new F-35s to the IAF, Israel’s fleet of the advanced stealth fighter-jets are to be modified with uniquely Israeli electronics, designating the further advanced aircraft as the F-35i.



Israel is to take delivery of three more F-35 stealth fighters from the United States on Sunday, adding to two which arrived in December, an army statement said.

They are among 50 that Israel has agreed to buy from aerospace giant Lockheed Martin.

Israel’s first F-35i “Adir” on its ‘Maiden Flight’ – IDF Spokesperson’s Unit

US President Donald Trump has publicly upbraided Lockheed over “out of control” costs of the plane, the most expensive in history. Continue Reading »

Analysis: Moscow accepts Jerusalem’s justifications to defend Israel in Syria


Israel’s alleged airstrike that took place in the Damascus area on Friday prompted a Russian official to admit that ‘Israel is naturally fighting organizations jeopardizing its security.’ In other words, even Moscow understands that Jerusalem will not allow weapons in Syria to be used against the Jewish State.

By Alex Fishman


In recent weeks, Israel has been intensifying its dialogue with the Russians, both on the diplomatic level and on the practical level, on Syrian soil. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu often talks to Russian President Putin, but at the same time Israel was accused over the weekend of striking near the Mezzeh Military Airport in the Damascus area. Continue Reading »

REPORT: Israel’s new US-made F–35 fighter jets suspected in Syrian missile assault


A Syrian military source reported to Russian media that the Israel Air Force had used their newly acquired F–35, Adir fighter jets, in the Friday missile attack.

By Israel Today Staff


Over the weekend, the Al-Mezzeh military airport in Damascus was heavily bombed. The Syrian regime immediately pointed an accusatory finger at Israel.

The Syrian army accused the Jewish state of support rebel groups, and said that the “Israeli enemy” had fired several missiles from the skies over the Sea of Galilee, without violating Syrian airspace.

Flames and smoke from the Mazzah military airport outside Damascus, following an explosion at an ammunition and weapons stockpile.

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