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.
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Similar to the aircraft that crashed, this British F-35B seen hovering at the Royal International Air Tattoo in 2016 – Photo: mod.uk
WATCH: IDF jets strike two Hamas military bases and a weapons production factory in Gaza in response to the continued incendiary kites and bobby-trapped balloons being launched from the Palestinian terror enclave at Israel.
– 3 home-made rockets fired at Israel during early morning hours, one likely fell inside Gaza.
By Yoav Zitun, Liad Osmo
Israel Air Force jets attacked nine Hamas targets in the northern Gaza Strip early Monday, in what were the most significant strikes in the fight against the incendiary kites and balloons terrorism.
The strikes hit two military bases in Jabalia, Al-Shati and a weapons production facility in Gaza City. Continue Reading »
IAF training squadron commander Maj. Daniel: “More women are applying for the screening than in the past, and we want more women to join the course. The goal is to get to the point where the pilots’ course is 50% women.”
By Lilach Shoval
A record number of women have made it through the latest screening week for potential cadets in the IDF’s prestigious two-year pilots training course. Women comprised 11% of the potential cadets in the intensive testing held last week, and approximately half of the female candidates who began the program completed it successfully, compared to 40% in 2016 and 30% in 2015. Continue Reading »
Maj. A. wanted to join the Israeli Navy’s illustrious ‘Shayetet 13’ frogmen unit, but found himself on the way to Air Force Flight Academy instead, while his fellow Druze friends took on other senior combat roles.
– “The uniforms I wear are a source of great pride to me and for the Druze sector,” admits Maj. A.
By Goel Beno
Maj. A.’s dream was to join the Shayetet 13 frogmen and dive deep underwater. Instead, he found himself flying high in the air after successfully finishing the Air Force Flight Academy and becoming the first Druze navigator in the IDF. Continue Reading »
Israel Air Force combines manned and unmanned aircraft in multiple, overlapping intelligence gathering missions in order to anticipate then neutralize future threats.
BY ANNA AHRONHEIM
The Air Force’s reconnaissance aircraft have been flying more intelligence missions in light of rising threats along Israel’s borders and the continuing wave of Palestinian violence in the West Bank.
The small and unassuming Sde Dov Airport is tucked between the city’s Tel Aviv Port and the Ramat Aviv neighborhood, taking civilians away on vacation. But the hybrid civilian/military airport is also where the air force’s First Squadron planes is based, and took off to fly at least 6,000 hours in 2016 alone. Continue Reading »
On the Dec. 12 arrival of the 1st two F-35 ‘Adir’ jets, still plagued with numerous glitches, the aircraft will be immediately fitted with ‘Made in Israel’ electronic systems making the stealth fighter the most advanced jet-fighter in the world.
By Aharon Lapidot
he development of the F-35 Lightning II stealth fighter has been the subject of widespread criticism over performance issues, but the Israeli Air Force has already made extensive preparations to welcome the next-generation aircraft, which will be known as the Adir.
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F-35 Lightning II stealth fighter
On June 22, the first Israel-bound F-35 will be christened at the Lockheed Martin plant at Fort Worth, Texas.
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.
Pentagon is funding the newly renovated underground control stations that will be streamlined, improving synchronization & coordination during wartime.
By Yoav Zitun
Deep underground, the Air Force bunker at the Kirya base in Tel Aviv is being upgraded in a project that costs tens of millions of shekels.
Prime Minister Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ya’alon at the bunker with top IDF brass – Photo: Haim Tzah, GPO
Among other things, the bunker’s defense is going to be upgraded to include protection from biological and nuclear weapons.
The project is only months from being done and operational testing of some of the new additions to the bunker are due to start soon. Continue Reading »