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Lockheed Worried about IDF Unauthorized ‘Modifications’ in F-35

Sunday, September 6th, 2015

Israel is in the process of preparing the infrastructure and capabilities needed to start operating its first F-35 Adir (Heb = Great) stealth strike fighters by the end of 2017, Defense News reported. The first pair of Adirs will arrive by December 2016, and fly out of the IAF Nevatim Air Base in the Negev.

According to the IDF blog, the new squadron of 19 F-35 jets will be incorporated into the Israeli Air Force beginning in 2019. The newly engineered fighters are a step up from the F-16I, especially with the addition of new state-of-the-art stealth technology and avionics. Each F-35 unit costs around $110 million, according to the Israeli defense ministry.

Steve Over, Lockheed Martin director for F-35 International Business Development, said that even though Israel will have “plenty of capability to do light maintenance in-country,” heavy maintenance of the Adir airframes and engines will be done at Joint Program Office-managed, company-established facilities “just like we do with all our other partners.”

“When you tear an airplane down, you expose its magic,” Over said bluntly. “So that type of work must be performed in designated places.”

Perhaps betraying their reservations about what usually happens the American weapons after the Israelis lay their hands on them, Lockheed executives said Israel would be able to add specific capabilities or upgraded functions—which the Israelis love doing—as long as it did not affect the overall design or the aircraft software. As Over put it:

The Israelis have an ability to do some unique things. But anything wholesale that would impact the design or capabilities driving all the airplanes for all the countries would have to be done by consensual agreement.

The IAF is preparing to send its first group of pilots to train in Arizona next year, at the Luke Air Force Base. At the same time, the IAF will be sending dozens of maintenance professionals to train at US Air Force logistics bases at Eglin, Florida, according to Defense News.

Washington has approved 75 F-35s for export to Israel, of which the IDF has contracted for 33, hoping to be able to absorb another 17 planes by 2020, according to Defense News.

According to the IDF blog, The stealth technology allows the aircraft to fly practically unnoticed by any enemy. For many years, these systems were too expensive to be deployed on small aircraft; therefore they could only be used on larger and more expensive bombers such as the B-2 or the F-117. The newly developed F-35 allows the incorporation of these features at a low maintenance price.

The F-35 is also manufactured with improved electronic systems onboard. Sensors including various radars, infrared systems, and active electronic warfare systems are all mounted on the aircraft during production. They serve as an integral part of the plane and not as “add-ons” which is common in other aircraft.

With these improvements, the IAF pilots will receive a more precise and complete picture of the battlefield in real-time. It will allow them to better position themselves and give them the advantage to come out on top of every mission they must face.

US Used Military Transport Plane to Fly Kerry to Boston

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who broke his leg in a cycling accident this week, flew home to Boston from Geneva in a U.S. Air Force C-17 transport plane designed to carry 100 soldiers.

The Secretary of State is one of the most important individuals in the American government. He is leading negotiations with Iran for an agreement on how to supervise its nuclear program without allowing it to gain access to a nuclear bomb.

He obviously needs rest and treatment for his broken leg, but was it necessary to order a special fight in a military transport plane? After all, a broken leg is not exactly a life-threatening injury.

The State Dept. told The Washington Post that the C-17 transport plane, which is the Air Forces’ primary aircraft for global transport of troops and equipment, was carrying “military medical personnel in keeping with standard practice.”

Kerry landed safely in Boston and is being treated at Massachusetts General Hospital.

If you think that we will get by without Kerry in the talks with Iran, making peace for Israel and the Palestinian Authority, and leading the anti-Islamic State (ISIS) initiative, forget it.

State Dept. spokeswoman Marie Hard told reports Monday:

The Secretary’s made a number of calls to his counterparts today, including to the French foreign minister and the Spanish foreign minister…and also to Foreign Minister Fabius, of course, expressing his regret that we won’t be at – he won’t be at the anti-ISIL meeting tomorrow. He will, though, be calling – or be remotely participating in the anti-ISIL meeting…..

He also has made a number of calls to White House and State Department officials, including speaking with the President.

The Secretary is committed to pursuing an aggressive recovery schedule….Secretary Kerry’s main focus for the month of June remains squarely on the Iran negotiations. I want to be very clear about this. His injury does not change that. He and the entire team are absolutely committed to the same timetable and are working toward June 30th as the deadline for these talks.

US ‘Bombs’ Syria with Anti-ISIS Leaflets

Friday, March 27th, 2015

A U.S. Air Force F-15 warplane dropped approximately 60,000 leaflets over the Syrian city of Raqaa to discourage people from joining the Islamic State (ISIS), the Pentagon revealed Thursday.

The “Military Information Support Operations,” propaganda campaign was carried out last week and was the first time the United States has used the tactic in Syria.

The leaflets were in the form of a cartoon and showed ISIS recruits being lined up to be pushed into a meat grinder.

“The message of this leaflet is that if you allow yourself to be recruited by Daesch (Islamic State), you will find yourself in a meat grinder,” said Pentagon spokesman Colonel Steve Warren. “It’s not beneficial to your health.”

US Air Force Vet Charged with Trying to Help Islamic State

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

A US Air Force vet tried to join ISIS in Syria, but only made it as far As Turkey before he was sent back, according to a Wall Street Journal report.

Tairod Nathan Webster Pugh, 47, flew to Egypt in January and tried to enter Turkey, who didn’t let him in. Egypy then deported him back to the US, where he was then arrested.

Pugh has been on the radar for a decade, the WSJ reports, after converting to Islam and telling a co-worker, in 2001, that he sympathised with Osama bin Laden.

Pugh was an Air Force mechanic from 1986-1990.

The WSJ reports that in the past 18 months, dozens of Americans have had criminal charges filed against them in connection to ISIS.

US-Led Air Strike Reportedly Hit No. 1 Leader of ISIS

Saturday, November 8th, 2014

A U.S.-led air strike on the ISIS may have critically injured or killed the top leader of the Islamic State (ISIS) terrorist organization, Al-Arabiya television reported Saturday.

If true, it would be the most dramatic success in the war on terror since US Navy SEALs killed Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden three and a half years ago.

The Saudi-owned media said the radio was carried out on an Iraqi town near the Syrian border, where Reuters witnesses told Reuters senior ISIS terrorist leaders were meeting.

The leader of the ISIS is Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, otherwise known as the “Invisible Sheikh” because of his absence from the public.

American officials have not commented except to say that an aerial strike bombed a convoy n an area more than 150 miles from the house where the ISIS meeting was meeting in the town that Al Arabiya said was bombed.

The United States has placed a $10 million bounty on Al-Baghdadi’s head

In two years, he has transformed the ISIS into a billion-dollar terrorist empire that makes $1 million a day from oil fields that its terrorists have captured in Iraq.

President Barack Obama on Friday authorized another 1,500 U.S. soldiers to be deployed in Iraq in the war against the ISIS. It seems the president, who campaigned in 2008 on an anti-war campaign, has discovered that one has to engage terrorists with bullets and bombs and not diplomacy and negotiations.

US and Israeli Air Forces Join Hands for Military Medicine

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

The IDF’s Israeli Medical Corps and the U.S. Air Force signed a Memo of Understanding Wednesday that “lays the foundation for a deep and ongoing cooperation in areas of aviation medicine, mental health, academics and research,” the Israeli military announced.

The memo was signed at the conclusion of the Surgeon General of the United States Air Force, Lieutenant General (Dr.) Thomas W. Travis’s week-long visit in Israel, in which he was introduced to t activities of the IDF Medical Corps and the Israeli Air Force.

A Rare Image of the US Bunker Buster that May Bomb Iran

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

A rare image of the B-2 stealth bomber and the 15-ton Massive Ordnance Penetrator (MOP), otherwise known as the bunker buster bomb, was recently posted by the Aviationist, operated by David Cenciotti.

The B-2 Spirit stealth bomber is the only U.S. Air Force aircraft that has the capability to carry the massive bombs and drop it on an Iranian underground nuclear facility. The 20-foot long buster bomb is guided by a GPS system and is believed to be able to penetrate 2300 feet of concrete before detonation.

The F-35 stealth bomber still under construction, also designed to carry heavy bombs, has been thought to be used as an attack plane on Iran if the time comes for a military strike, but the B-2 fills the bill.

The image above was photographed by Jim Mumaw. “There are not many images showing the GBU-57 and even less show the MOP next to its intended platform,” Cenciotti wrote on his web blog.

Congress allocated money in 2009 to accelerate the MOP project, and the legislators last year approved an additional $81.6 million to improve the bomb.

The B-2, manned by a pilot and mission commander, already has been flown by dozens of pilots. The plane can carry two MOPs. Its stealth design enables it to enter enemy territory without detection.

Two B-2s flew a round trip of 13,000 miles last March from an Air Force base in Missouri to South Korea, dropping dummy bombs on a target range.

The Obama administration has sent U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to gab away with Iran, the video below, first shown two years ago, delivers a clear message that the United States has another solution to solve the threat of a nuclear Iran.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/a-rare-image-of-the-us-bunker-buster-that-may-bomb-iran/2013/11/12/

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