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IDF deal for F-35 sours over soaring costs of fighter jets

Posted in Internal Israeli Affairs, Israel and the US by beyondtheborder on April 17, 2009

Because of the F-35’s structure, which places missiles, bombs and electronic devices inside the plane, no system can be installed externally and considerable internal modifications would be required.

These modifications push up the aircraft’s price by at least 25 percent. In 2002, Lockheed Martin cited the cost of one F-35 at some $47 million, but now the official price is about $80 million, in part reflecting the dollar’s devaluation. The modifications Israel is demanding raise the price tag to over $100 million.

One Pentagon estimate quoted the cost of 75 F-35s in addition to spare parts, engines and a comprehensive support system at $15 billion. Senior defense establishment officials say such prices are prohibitive.

For full article, visit http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1078888.html

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Former senior IAF officers divided over what Sudan strike means for Iran

Posted in Miscellaneous by beyondtheborder on March 27, 2009

Maj. Gen. (res.) Gil Regev said the fact that this was a moving target whose exact location was not known in advance affected the pilots’ training, since they could not rehearse a precise mission outline. “But today, we have the platforms, and the pilots routinely train for such long distances, as well as for aerial refueling,” he said. Over the last decade, the IAF has acquired one F-15I squadron and four F-16I squadrons. The latter, built especially for long-range strategic strikes, arrived only a few months ago.

But with regard to Iran, Regev warned, “a critical mass of planes must be brought to one point to cause maximum damage, and the real riddle is whether we can bring such a mass over long distances.”

Source: http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1074308.html

Amos Harel: In bombing Sudan, Israel sends message to Iran

Posted in Miscellaneous by beyondtheborder on March 26, 2009

What does Iran learn from all this? That Israel possesses exceptional intelligence, a willingness to take great risk, and an ability to act successfully against targets far from Israel’s borders. Yet Iran knew all this after the previous strikes. If the reports are true, the bombing in Sudan was an important message of deterrence from Israel to Iran, yet the road from Sudan to the destruction of Iran’s nuclear program is a long one.”

Source: http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1074125.html

IAF Sudan strike / Olmert: Israel will target threats near and far

Posted in Miscellaneous by beyondtheborder on March 26, 2009

“CBS reported that the IAF carried out the attack on a convoy of trucks in Sudan carrying arms for Hamas in the Gaza Strip. According to the report, 39 people riding in the 17-truck convoy were killed, while a number of civilians in the area were injured. Israeli officials declined to confirm or deny whether Israel had been involved in an air strike in Sudan.”

Source: http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1074032.html

“American and Israeli diplomats said the [January] agreement includes intelligence coordination to prevent arms from Iran from entering Gaza, maritime efforts to identify ships carrying weaponry, and the sharing of U.S. and European technologies to discover and prevent the use of weapons-smuggling tunnels.”

Source: http://www.cbsnews.com/blogs/2009/03/25/world/worldwatch/entry4892589.shtml

More than 50 peopleĀ received treatment at a hospital in the town of Kassala after the raids, which were launched from the US fleet in the Red Sea, Salim said.”

The air raids were launched from the US fleet in the Red Sea

The air raids were launched from the US fleet in the Red Sea

Source: http://english.aljazeera.net/news/africa/2009/03/200932610224764733.html

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