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‘Mighty’ Adir F-35 Stealth Fighter Jets Arrive Home at Nevatim Air Base

Monday, December 12th, 2016

Israel’s two new ‘Adir’ F-35 stealth fighter jets landed in Israel on Monday evening, with great pomp and circumstance at Nevatim Air Base in the Negev. They were received with great ceremony by Israel’s leadership, including President Reuven Rivlin, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter, IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot, Israel Air Force Commander Amir Eshel and top IAF officials.

“The Adir aircraft redefines Israel’s abilities of deterrence. It re-defines the IDF’s long arm. It redefines the realm of our ability to operate,” noted President Rivlin.

“Anyone who thinks to destroy us puts himself in danger of extinction,” the prime minister said during the welcoming ceremony for the “Mighty” Adir aircraft.

“Today, our military strength is bolstered with this significant addition. The Adir pilots and the Adir aircraft will be capable of operating in every arena – whether it be from close or from afar. I also want to say this very clearly: Anyone who thinks of attacking us will be attacked. Anyone who thinks to destroy us places themselves in existential danger. This is a prerequisite for ensuring our future.

An American pilot brought the first Adir F-35 stealth fighter jet home to Israel.

An American pilot brought the first Adir F-35 stealth fighter jet home to Israel.

“History teaches us a simple lesson: Weak nations do not survive. They invite themselves to attacks and are prone to collapse. The weak are trampled upon and the strong are respected. Only strength creates deterrence; only strength inspires respect; only strength produces alliances – and only strength brings peace. We will continue to bolster our security and build up our forces.”

U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter also spoke at the ceremony, noting, “This is an historic day for Israel, the greatest friend of the United States, if only to follow the U.S. as the first to accept the F-35 aircraft.” He added that once all 50 of the stealth fighter jets have arrived in the Jewish State, the intensity of Israel’s Air Force will be “completely changed.”

A live broadcast heard between Israeli pilots accompanying the Adir was heard by those waiting on the ground: “We fighter pilots of the [Israel] Air Force are proud to escort the mighty aircraft to its arrival in the State of Israel.”

After the arrival of the two aircraft, the pilots were welcomed with the playing of the national anthems of the United States and the State of Israel, Hatikva.

Israel Air Force Commander Major General Amir Eshel also spoke. “Tonight begins a fascinating encounter between a man and the machine, between our excellent pilots and the maintenance teams, to the technological progress in the field of aviation,” he said. “This encounter is expected to bring new ideas and great abilities. The aircraft will become more and more blue and white, both operational and by its technological systems.

“Every Adir will be a powerful offensive machine, information and control center and will operate in the most advanced patterns in a completely different way from what is known.

“In 2017 the aircraft will be operational and we will operate it in a way that will exceed the expectations of its planners. The Adir will become an accelerator for the IAF in its whole. We intend to leverage the systematical abilities to new peaks, both in offense and defense. The aerial power will become more lethal, combined and relevant.”

Hana Levi Julian

Update: 2 F-35 Adir Stealth Fighter Jets to Arrive Monday in Israel [video]

Thursday, December 8th, 2016

The first two F-35 Adir stealth fighter jets are soon to arrive in Israel — this coming Monday — at Tel Nof in southern Israel, bringing with them a new era for the Israel Defense Forces.

The first two planes are on their way from Texas, with a major welcoming ceremony in the works for their arrival Monday, bigger than any seen in the past 40 years, according to military sources. The fanfare is to include a flyover by the two F-35s before they land on the runway.

Upon landing, senior IDF officers will plant the IAF insignia upon each of the $85 million aircraft, thereby officially enlisting that fighter jet to the Israel Air Force.

They’re flying towards the Jewish State even as this article is being read.

A stopover in Portugal’s Azores Islands on Tuesday was followed by an in-flight refueling that was filmed by a photography crew on Thursday. (see the video below) But the two American pilots who are flying the jets to Israel and their refueling tanker have one more stop to make this weekend — they’ll be in Italy — before their arrival in Israel.

Nineteen more Adir fighter jets are expected to arrive in the near future.

In addition, the Israeli cabinet last month unanimously approved the purchase of 17 more of the stealth fighter jets, bringing the total number of Adir aircraft in the IAF fleet to 50 by the end of the next decade. Each of the jets costs approximately $85 million.

Lockheed Martin produced the stealth fighter jet together with Israeli defense firm Elbit Systems Ltd., the latter to be operating the new F-35 training center at Nevatim. Construction for the center is to be completed by the end of 2017.

In a recent statement, Lockheed Martin said that over the past three decades, Elbit “has acquired a great deal of experience in trainers and simulators, and is a world leader in high-tech display. Its advanced systems are in operational use by leading armies around the world.”

Watch the video as the Adir (Hebrew for “mighty”) Israeli aircraft carries out aerial refueling operations. The aircraft’s refueling capabilities allow for flexibility in missions and the ability to operate in any military theater.

The Adir is the most advanced stealth fighter jet in the world, allowing the Israel Air Force to protect the nation of Israel and carry out operations wherever they are required.

Hana Levi Julian

Israel to Buy 17 More F-35 ‘Adir’ Stealth Fighter Jets

Monday, November 28th, 2016

Israel will purchase 17 more F-35 “Adir” Stealth fighter jets from the United States, at a cost of approximately $85 million apiece, after a unanimous vote of approval Sunday by the Security Cabinet.

The purchase will bring up Israel’s force to a total of 50 new F-35 fighter jets by the end of the next decade. The force is to be purchased with the military foreign aid received from the U.S. via the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed this past September.

A group of Israeli pilots has already been undergoing special training for the F-35 at a U.S. Air Force base in Arizona, with the first two F-35s set to arrive at Israel’s Nevatim Air Force base in the Negev desert by December 12.

Starting next year Israel is expected to receive six or seven of the new fighter jets each year until all 50 have arrived.

The entire force — two squadrons of 25 fighter jets each — are to be in place in the Jewish State by the early 2020s. Israel is expected to be the first nation in the world outside of the United States to receive the F-35 stealth fighter jet.

The high cost of flying the F-35, produced by Lockheed Martin, means that at least 50 percent of the training on the stealth fighter must be done in simulators.

Israeli defense firm Elbit Systems Ltd. recently won the tender to operate the F-35 new training center, which will be built at the Nevatim air base, Globes reported earlier this month. Construction of the new center will be completed in the coming year.

Lockheed Martin said in a statement that over the past three decades, Elbit “has acquired a great deal of experience in trainers and simulators, and is a world leader in high-tech display. Its advanced systems are in operational use by leading armies around the world.”

Israel’s Defense Ministry said in a statement that F-35-related cooperation between Lockheed Martin and Israeli defense companies has reached $993 million. Elbit produces advanced pilot helmets for F-35 pilots, and Israel Aerospace Industries produces the aircraft’s wings.

Hana Levi Julian

Israel Will Not Sign On to US Regulation of Israeli Drone Exports

Sunday, October 23rd, 2016

Israel is refusing to sign a document on drone usage which is being circulated by the US State Department, with guidelines on the use and export of armed drones, Haaretz reported Sunday. The one-page document covers international legal standards, oversight of exports, and transparency.

So far, the documents has been signed by more than 40 governments, including Austria, Germany and Italy, but Israel appears to be a stubborn holdout.

The State Department unveiled back in March of 2015 its policy permitting US companies to export military and commercial drones, including armed systems like the Predator and Reaper to US allies. According to a Defense News report last August, the State Department is now asking countries to sign onto a set of international norms for the sale and use of armed unmanned systems, adding that top agency officials held meetings with delegates from several countries at the Arms Trade Treaty conference in Geneva on the subject.

According to DN, the document offers five key principles of international norms, including applying International law and human rights when using the armed drones; following existing arms control laws in selling armed drone systems; considering the buyer country’s history on “adherence to international obligations and commitments”; following “appropriate transparency measures”; and ensuring that the sold unmanned system’s capabilities “are transferred and used responsibly by all States.”

Sources in Israel’s defense industry have told Ha’aretz they think the American document could limit their export business, and, in fact, constitutes yet another American attempt to damage Israeli exports. They cite another US move in admitting India to the multilateral Missile Technology Control Regime, this removing barriers to the sale of American drones to India. Shortly thereafter, India went shopping for the US made Predador drone over its Israeli competitors. Ha’aretz reported earlier about a lawsuit by an American company, General Atomics, trying to block Israel from leasing the Heron TP drone to Germany. Slowly but surely, these and other American companies have been encroaching on a field where in the past Israeli products ruled.

A senior Israeli Air Force official told Ha’aretz that the one advantage the Israeli drones still possess is the promise to potential buyers to train with Israel’s drone squadron, because the Israel Air Force is considered the world’s expert in the use of drones.


Funeral Set for IAF Maj. Ohad Cohen Nov, z’l

Thursday, October 6th, 2016

The funeral for Israeli Air Force Major Ohad Cohen Nov’s funeral has been set for Friday, October 7, at 11 am in the Moshav Mazor Cemetery.

Cohen Nov was killed while ejecting from his burning F-16 Sufa fighter jet as it crash-landed at Ramon Air Force Base in the Negev on Wednesday. The pilot’s navigator managed to eject safely, although he sustained some injuries and was evacuated to a medical center for treatment.

The tragedy occurred upon his return from a successful air strike on Hamas terrorist targets in Gaza in response to rocket fire that was aimed at the southern Israeli town of Sderot earlier in the day.

A high-level IAF commission of inquiry into the accident has been launched.

Hana Levi Julian

Israeli Combat Pilot Killed While Ejecting From Burning Jet

Wednesday, October 5th, 2016

An Israeli Air Force pilot died Wednesday afternoon during a failed attempt to land a Sufa (F-16i) fighter jet at the Ramon Air Force Base in the Negev.

The pilot ejected from the burning aircraft, as did his navigator. The pilot was killed during the ejection from the aircraft.

The navigator ejected safely, although he sustained minor wounds and was evacuated to a medical center for care. He is listed in good condition; his name also has not been released, in accordance with standard Israeli Air Force policy.

The tragic incident occurred as the aircraft was returning from the afternoon’s attack on Gaza in retaliation for rocket fire that targeted the Jewish town of Sderot in southern Israel earlier in the day.

It is not clear what caused the aircraft to catch fire. The commander of the Air Force, Major-General Amir Eshel, has launched a top-ranking commission of inquiry into the disaster.

The pilot was identified as Major Ohad Cohen-Nov (34). He is survived by his pregnant wife and daughter.

Hana Levi Julian

Mortar Shell Strikes Golan Heights Third Day in a Row

Wednesday, September 14th, 2016

Another round of mortar fire from Syria reportedly struck the Golan Heights in northern Israel from Syria. The IDF located four artillery shells in the northern part of the Golan Heights by Wednesday night, Ynet reported, allegedly more of the “spillovery” from the raging civil war taking place across the border.

If the report is confirmed, it will be the third day in a row for what has become a continuing series of mortar fire despite Israeli military efforts to deter, or at least, contain an escalating situation on the northern border.

This is the eighth time the region has been hit by “spillover” action from the raging civil war taking place on the Syrian side of the border.

The attacks have continued despite retaliatory Israeli Air Force air strikes and IDF artillery fire intended as a warning to prevent further shelling.

On Tuesday, the IDF closed Route 98 in the north after the third mortar shell of the day came whistling into the region from across the border.

That attack came just 24 hours after two projectiles landed in Israel from Syria.

The Golan Heights also was attacked on Monday, and over the weekend as well.

The Israeli government has issued a statement after each attack, warning that it holds the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad responsible for all activity that takes place within its territory, military and otherwise.

Hana Levi Julian

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