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August 28, 2016 / 24 Av, 5776

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IAF Commander Wants 75 F-35 Jets, Some with Vertical Takeoff, and Home-Made Tweaking

Friday, June 24th, 2016

IAF Chief Brig. Gen. Tal Kelman, who participated on Thursday in the rollout ceremony for the first F-35 “Adir” single-seat, single-engine, all-weather stealth multirole fighter at the Lockheed Martin factory in Dallas, sees the first 50 jets Israel will be receiving over the next few years as only a beginning. “We want to reach 75 jets,” Kelman told the IAF blog. “The Israeli F-35 is the first fifth generation fighter to arrive in the Middle East, and it will allow us to open a significant gap in our abilities when facing all of the elements in the area.”

According to Kelman, the IAF is already examining the F-35B model equipped with the ability to take off from very short runways and land vertically. “We want the first 50 jets to be A models, but beyond this, we are examining the options. The F-35B may be limited relatively to the A model regarding the amount of munitions it can carry, but has other advantages that may aid us in different scenarios.”

Courtesy Lockheed Martin

Courtesy Lockheed Martin

The “Adir” is expected to completely change the face of the IAF and introduce new abilities into the force. “A few months ago I had the privilege of flying the F-35 simulator here in Fort Worth,” Kelman related. “As a pilot that has flown a great variety of aircraft for over 30 years, I must share the feeling: It was like holding the future in my hands. The unique combination between split edge technology, lethality and amazing man-machine interface will lead the world to the fifth generation.”

“The F-35 which will be received by the IAF with open arms this coming December will substantially enhance our operational capabilities,” Kelman predicted. “The new aircraft will bring with it new strength. There is no doubt that the F-35 will become an integral part of our defense system and allow us to better ensure the safety of our civilians — against our hostile neighbors, and against the complex threats which may escalate at a moment’s notice. I don’t think that it is an exaggeration to say that the presence of the F-35 in the Middle East will change the dynamic of the region for the better.”

Courtesy Lockheed Martin

Courtesy Lockheed Martin

The Israeli F-35s will be based at Nevatim Airbase in the Negev, where the IAF is constructing its own maintenance center for the aircraft. The decision to locate them down south was based on operational, environmental, infrastructure and training considerations, as well as the IDF’s strategic vision to transfer some of its bases to the region.

Israel is the first US ally to receive the aircraft when its deliveries begin in December, and it is the only country allowed to modify the F-35, according to a report in Wired. According to Wired, Brig. Gen. Kalman has suggested that Israel’s “unique requirements” justify a degree of autonomy with the F-35. When you might go to war at any moment, Kalman argued, you can’t have your best hardware go out of service for weeks at a time for checkouts that can take just a few days on your own turf.

According to Wired, It helps that the key piece of software Israel is adding to the F-35 is a free-standing, add-on app for command, control, communications and computing. The app draws data streams from the F-35’s own open-architecture operating system in order to provide additional functionality.

As Benni Cohen, a general manager at Israel Aerospace Industries, told Wired, the app gives the air force an easy tool for adapting the F-35 to its own needs. “[Our] open-system architecture enables rapid software and hardware development cycles that will also provide more affordable modernization and support of systems over the platform’s life cycle,” Cohen said.

JNi.Media

IAF Targets Hamas in Air Strikes on Gaza After Mortar Attacks [video]

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

The Israel Air Force carried out an air strike in Gaza Wednesday evening in retaliation for six mortar attacks aimed at IDF soldiers over the past 24 hours by Gaza terrorists.

Arab media reported the Israeli fighter pilots targeted the Gaza airport, which has already been bombed and destroyed in previous action by the IDF. Four more Hamas targets were struck in southern Gaza as well, according to the IDF Spokesperson.

“The IDF holds Hamas responsible and accountable for all attacks originating from the Gaza Strip,” said IDF Spokesperson Peter Lerner in a statement released Wednesday night.

“The IDF will continue to operate in order to protect the civilians of southern Israel from all terrorist threats above and beneath ground that pose a severe violation of Israel’s sovereignty.

“Both Israeli and Palestinian civilians benefit from and deserve to live without the constant concern of escalation. We will work in order to maintain and restore the quiet that the people deserve.”

Hana Levi Julian

Kremlin Denies Reports Russian Fighter Jets Fired at IAF

Saturday, April 23rd, 2016

Responding to Israeli media reports of Russian fighter jets opening fire at IAF aircraft in Syria’s skies, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Friday, “I don’t want to comment on the Israeli press. The Israeli press’s reports in this case are far from reality.” Which for someone unwilling to comment on the Israeli press was plenty commenting.

Yediot Aharanot reported last week that Russian fighter jets in Syria had opened fire twice at Israeli aircraft, but did not provide dates and locations of the incidents, nor the sources for the report.

Peskov was asked about the topics discussed during last week’s meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and said that both leaders had focused on Syria and the Middle East as a whole, as well as on bilateral trade and economic cooperation.

“The meeting was very useful and very substantive. It comprised three formats: a narrow-format meeting, negotiations at the level of delegations, and a tete-a-tete talk,” the spokesman explained.

According to Yediot Aharanot, the meeting between Putin and Netanyahu took place even as two separate reports on the Russian fighter jets opening fire on Israeli aircraft were coming in.

Peskov was asked about the Netanyahu cabinet resolution to keep the Golan Heights as an eternal part of the State of Israel, and told reporters, “The Russian position does not change, is in compliance with the corresponding resolutions of the UN Security Council and has no new aspects.”

United Nations Security Council resolution 497, adopted unanimously on December 17, 1981, states that the Israeli Golan Heights Law, which annexed the Golan Heights, is “null and void and without international legal effect,” and called on Israel to rescind its action. The Council requested the secretary-general to report to the Council within two weeks on the implementation of the resolution, and in the event of non-compliance by Israel, the Council would reconvene, not later than January 5, 1982, to discuss further action under the United Nations Charter.

That’s where things are holding for now.

JNi.Media

Israeli Air Force Jets Scramble to Escort EgyptAir Plane

Saturday, April 23rd, 2016

Two Israeli fighter jets were scrambled Saturday morning when an Egyptian passenger plane entered Israeli airspace without identification and did not respond to communication attempts.

The EgyptAir flight originated in Cairo but apparently strayed from the flight plan for an unknown reason. The IAF fighter jets escorted the plane to Ben Gurion International Airport without difficulty and its passengers disembarked.

After a preliminary investigation both the plane and its passengers returned to Cairo.

Last month an Egyptian national hijacked a domestic EgyptAir flight, forcing the pilot to fly to Lanarca International Airport in Cyprus. The hijacker demanded to see his estranged wife, who lived near the airport, and asked for political asylum in the country.

Israel Air Force fighter jets were briefly scrambled during that incident as well.

Hana Levi Julian

Report: F-35 Engine Production Plagued With Recurring Quality Problems

Sunday, April 3rd, 2016

The F-35 fighter jets ordered by Israel have been beset by one problem after another, repeatedly delaying delivery of the aircraft. But one of the most serious issues is the recurring manufacturing problems in its engine production.

The engines are to be installed in the fighters, built by Lockheed Martin Corp. United Technologies Corp.’s Pratt & Whitney military aircraft unit delivered the engines on time as promised last year. But flaws in the “turbine blades and electronic control systems resulted in maintenance activity to remove suspect hardware from the operational fleet,” according to the Pentagon’s Selected Acquisition Report sent to Congress, Bloomberg News reported.

Pratt & Whitney “has taken action to improve quality surveillance within their manufacturing processes,” according to the report, which was prepared with the F-35 program office.

Manufacturing quality assurance experts at the Defense Department also worked to ensure improvements were in place as the firm moves head with production of the single-engine aircraft.

One of the quality issues described in an email with Bloomberg as minor by Joe DellaVedova, a spokesperson for the Pentagon’s F-35 office, was a June 2014 second-stage engine fire that grounded 97 of the fighter jets from test flights. The engine part that led to the fire had to be redesigned and the issue prevented the F-35 from making a debut at the Farnborough Air Show in the UK.

According to the contract management agency, there were five incidents involving F-35 engine quality deficiencies at Pratt & Whitney. They involved a low-pressure turbine blade, a high-pressure turbine blade and a “roll-post actuator.”

The historical average is eight such incidents a year in a four year period, according to the agency.

Rolls Royce Holdings Plc, subcontractor to Pratt & Whitney, was cited by the agency in July “for failure to notify the government of known non-conformance on drive shafts” from a supplier.

The response by Rolls Royce spokesperson George McLaren was an email that pointed out, “no F-35 production or flight interruptions occurred.”

Perhaps everything’s okay as long as nothing appears broken and no one is hurt or killed during the test flight phase.

But it’s scary to think that an aircraft still having this many problems is the “stealth fighter” Israel is depending on to lead the fight against Iran, should there be a question of taking a military stance against Tehran.

IAF teams have reportedly been working with Lockheed Martin in Texas in order to tweak the aircraft’s design into place before the first F-35s are due to arrive in Israel towards the end of this year. But there is now a real question about the delivery date, given the ongoing difficulties identified with the engine production, and with another issue as well: the flow of software data between the jet and base.

A revelation made by Defense Aerospace last November (2015) exposed what could a nasty side note on the part of the American military in terms of the jet’s design when in use by a client nation.

The publication wrote the U.S. made a unilateral decision to base all F-35 software laboratories on U.S. territory, where U.S. personnel will manage operation and support of all the F-35 fleets, foreign and domestic.

But that’s incredibly dangerous.

The F-35 must maintain permanent data exchanges with the software labs and logistic support computers to operate effectively.

Such a move, unprecedented and dangerous, introduces a massive risk that the jets may be disabled or even downed in extreme cases, any time the two-way flow of information is disrupted for any reason.

This vulnerability is not necessarily one attributable to negative intent, but rather loss of Internet on the part of the U.S. operators for any reason – accidental corruption of a router or cable, malicious Russian submarine cutting an undersea Internet cable, etc. – and one that could result in the death of valuable personnel and loss of a $100 million aircraft.

Hana Levi Julian

Hamas Vows Revenge Against Israel for Air Strikes in Gaza

Saturday, March 12th, 2016

Gaza’s ruling Hamas terrorist organization has vowed to take revenge against Israel over air strikes that reportedly killed two on Saturday.

The air strikes came in response to four Qassam rocket attacks fired at southern Israel from Gaza by Hamas terrorists on Friday night.

Hamas called the retaliation an “escalation” and placed “full responsibility” on Israel.

Jewish families in the city of Sderot and the Sha’ar HaNegev Regional Council district were forced to race for shelter when the Red Alert siren sounded a warning just after 10 pm.

All four Qassam rockets exploded in open fields barely seconds after the siren activated.

Israeli Air Force pilots targeted a Hamas military terrorist base near Beit Lahiya the next morning in retaliation for the attacks.

Two children, ages 10 and 6, were allegedly killed when debris from the base next door struck their home, according to Hamas.

“The blood of the children killed in the Zionist raid will not flow in vain,” warned the Izz a-Din al-Qassam Brigades military wing of Hamas in a statement. “Our patience with the attacks of the enemy has its limits.”

Hana Levi Julian

IAF Retaliates Against Gaza Rocket Fire, Targets Hamas Training Camp

Monday, January 25th, 2016

IAF aircraft bombed a Hamas military training facility in central Gaza early Monday. The attack came in retaliation to a rocket attack late Sunday night.

Red Alert air raid sirens woke sleeping children and families in communities in the Sha’ar HaNegev Regional Council, triggered by the rocket fire from Gaza.

In January alone, three rockets have been launched from Gaza and have hit Israeli territory. IDF Spokesperson Lt. Col. Peter Lerner said, “Tonight, families in southern Israel were once again forced to find shelter, fleeing radical Islamic terrorism emanating from the Gaza Strip.

“Hamas is responsible and is accountable for all attacks from the Gaza Strip. The IDF will continue to operate and defend against those that undermine Israeli sovereignty while jeopardizing the safety and wellbeing of civilians.”

Hana Levi Julian

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/iaf-retaliates-against-gaza-rocket-fire-targets-hamas-training-camp/2016/01/25/

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