Israel slashes the number of stealth F-35 fighter jets ordered from 31 to 14, due to its limited capabilities among other strategic concerns, as well as its price.
By Aharon Lapidot
Something important happened in Israel on November 5 of this year: the ministerial committee for the acquisition of new equipment firmly opposed the defense establishment’s demand for 31 stealth F-35 aircraft on top of the 19 already ordered. Strategic Affairs and Intelligence Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz led the unprecedented opposition to the deal, which was valued at roughly $4.5 billion, against Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon.
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The F-35’s single engine affects its maneuverability, range and payload capacity – Photo: Reuters
Somewhat unexpectedly, all the parties to that conflict came out satisfied — at least to all appearances.
Defense Minister acknowledges that this $2.7B deal between Israel & the US for F-35 wing production proves a strong bond with Washington, despite past arguments.
By Orly Harari
Israel Aerospace Industries inaugurated Tuesday a new plant for the manufacture of American fighter pilot wings for F-35 aircraft near Ben Gurion Airport.
F-35 Lightning II – Photo: US Air Force
As part of the deal, the IDF will receive 19 stealth aircraft at a cost of $2.7 billion, which will be deducted from US aid funds to Israel.
In exchange, every year – starting in 2016 – the new plant is expected to provide about a third of the world’s production of F-35 wings, with about 810 wings per year – a production volume worth roughly 2.5 billion dollars. Continue Reading »
Amid high political tensions in US-Israel relations, Israeli Ministry of Defense announced Tuesday that the $2.7 billion dollar deal encompasses the acquisition of 19 “stealth” aircraft.
By Uzi Baruch and Tova Dvorin
US-Israeli relations have suffered tremendously over the past month, with the State Department making multiple condemnations against Israel for both building Jewish homes in Jerusalem and for increasing its fight against Palestinian Arab terror.
However, it has not damaged the military cooperation between them, as the Israel Aerospace Industries, together with representatives of the Israeli Ministry of Defense announced Tuesday that Israel will acquire a new squadron of F-35 jets from the US Army and Lockheed-Martin. Continue Reading »
Iranian born, and former US air defense contractor, was caught smuggling boxes of secret blueprints & documents to Iran, including ‘thousands of pages contained in dozens of binders/manuals relating’ to the top-secret F-35 fighter jet that is expected to be sold to Israel.
By Yitzhak Benhorin
WASHINGTON – A US-Iranian engineer was arrested at Newark International Airport while attempting to smuggle secret documents to Iran – among them the blueprint for the coveted F-35 multi-role fighter jet, which Israel is set to receive in 2016.
Mozaffar Khazaee, a former US defense contractor employee, was arrested on January 9 at Newark International Airport in New Jersey following the first leg of his flight to Tehran via Germany. Continue Reading »
Elbit Systems’ advanced F-35 pilot’s helmet has improved night vision camera, new liquid crystal displays and automated alignment & software enhancements.
The Pentagon will manufacture a pilot helmet for F-35 fighter jets co-developed by Elbit Systems, an Israeli company.
An F-35 Lightning II fighter jet. – Photo: Bloomberg News
The Pentagon’s F-35 program made the announcement late last week, saying it would stop development on a second helmet developed by a British company in order to focus exclusively on perfecting the Rockwell Collins Elbit Systems of America Vision Systems Generation 2, or Gen 2, helmet.
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Helmet mounted display system.
Israeli defense minister visits American production plant for new F-35 advanced fighter jets.
Pentagon chooses Israeli-made helmet for all F-35 USAF pilots.
By Israel Today Staff
Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon last week visited the Lockheed Martin assembly factory in Texas and called the new F-35 fighter jet “a cornerstone in building” the Israeli Air Force of the future.
Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon checks out a F-35
Israel is one of the first countries on the list to receive the F-35 when America begins shipping to its foreign allies.
Like the F-16 before it, Yaalon said he had no doubt the F-35 would be a great asset and “give the Israel Air Force great operational abilities.” Continue Reading »
Israel is once again taking part in assembling some of the most advanced aircraft in the world.
Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) signed a contract with Lockheed Martin to produce wings for the F-35 fighter. IAI will begin delivering the F-35 wings in 2015. The contract’s duration is for about 10-15 years, with potential sales reaching $2.5 billion.
Mr. Yosef Melamed and Mr. Yung Le at the foundation stone laying ceremony held at IAI
The contract marks a key milestone in the existing F-35 cooperation between IAI and Lockheed Martin. Both companies recently began assembling an F-35 wing production line, with IAI investing in the required advanced systems and technologies. Continue Reading »
Leaked Pentagon report on the F-35 reveals fatal fighter jet flaws, warning that it’s ‘Unacceptable for combat or combat training”.
Israel planed to buy 25 jets for $238 million each.
Fatal flaws within the cockpit of the US military’s most expensive fighter jet ever are causing further problems with the Pentagon’s dubious F-35 program, Israel’s future combat aircraft.
The F-35 – Photo: AFP
A new report from the Pentagon warns that any pilot that boards the pricey aircraft places himself in danger without even going into combat.
In a leaked memo reported by the RT news agency, a Pentagon official prefaces a report on the F-35 by cautioning that even training missions cannot be safely performed on board the aircraft at this time. Continue Reading »