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Israeli Firm to Build Wings for F-35 Stealth Jet

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has won a 10-15 year contract potentially worth $2.5 billion to build the wings for the F-35 stealth bomber, which is due to arrive in Israel in 2016.

IAI and Lockheed Martin have begun setting up the production line for the F-35′s wings at an Israeli facility, the Israeli business website Globes reported.

“The F-35 is an important milestone for IAI, and guarantees the company’s involvement in advanced combat aircraft. I welcome the strengthening of the ties with Lockheed Martin,” said IAI CEO Joseph Weiss.

The announcement’s timing with Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel’s visit to Israel underscores the military-industrial complex behind American military aid to Israel and other countries.

Hagel finalized a new defense deal between the United States and Israel that he said will give Israel technological superiority.

Israel is forking out a huge amount of money to buy the F-35 jets, and the United States will assist Israel with Boeing air-to-air refueling jets, which Globes said, “it has only been able to dream about until now.”

The refueling ability increases Israel’s capability to strike long-distance targets, not the least of which is Iran.

The IAF will also receive the V-22 Osprey tilt rotor aircraft, a unique aerial platform that until now has only been in operation with the US Air Force. The Israeli-based Elbit Systems Company manufactures hi-tech helmets for the pilots of the V-22, which can land and take off vertically like a helicopter.

Israeli Spy Drones Going After Mexican Drug Cartels

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

In January, The Marker reported that Israel-based, international defense electronics company Elbit Systems Ltd. had won a contract worth $50 million to supply the unmanned drone Hermes 900 to an unknown state on the American continent. Now Aviation Weekly reveals it must be the Mexican government.

The Hermes 900 drone is based on the operational experience gained from the Hermes 450, which is in use by the IDF in its operations. The Hermes 900 has a wide range of advanced capabilities, including longer flying time, flying at an altitude of up to 30 thousand feet, and the ability to carry large cargo. The craft’s unique configuration allows it to carry a variety of payloads of different sizes and shapes, and to switch between them as quickly as needed.

The Elbit website lists some of the Hermes 900′s capabilities as follows:

Take-off weight ……….1,180 kg Max Payload……………350 kg Endurance………………36 hours Service Ceiling…………30,000 ft Range……………………..Unlimited

And now Aviation Week is reporting that the Israeli spy drone is probably going to be purchased by the Mexican government, to use in spying on the drug cartels.

AW’s Paul McLeary writes that a friend in Mexico pointed to a curious entry on the Mexican Treasury Ministry’s special projects web page, posted on Dec. 20, 2011, stating the “acquisition of unmanned aircraft, ground segment and additional payloads for the Federal Police” for 744 million pesos, which is equivalent to about $50 million U.S. dollars.

McLeary also cites a Mexican Treasury document that details the “acquisition of two Unmanned Aerial Vehicles 900, ground command-and-control system and additional payload.”

Wired Magazine suggests, based on the AW scoop, that “chances are that the Hermes 900 is headed for the skies above Juarez.”

The Mexicann government has deployed drones against the cartels before, but McLeary insists the Hermes 900 represents a “huge upgrade.” He says Mexico’s military uses at least two Israeli Hermes 450 drones and they have more than a dozen smaller, hand-launched “micro-UAVs.”

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/israeli-spy-drones-going-after-mexican-drug-cartels/2012/03/20/

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