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Jerusalem - Israel To Stagger Purchase Of Second F-35 Batch

Published on: November 30, 2014 04:50 PM
By: Reuters
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A new production line for F-35 wings is seen in Israel Aerospace Industries' (IAI) campus, near Tel Aviv November 4, 2014. REUTERSA new production line for F-35 wings is seen in Israel Aerospace Industries' (IAI) campus, near Tel Aviv November 4, 2014. REUTERS

Jerusalem - Israel will stagger the purchase of its second batch of 31 U.S.-made F-35 fighter jets over the next three years, an Israeli defense official said on Sunday after budget wrangling among Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s top cabinet colleagues.

Under a compromise plan approved by the ministerial committee, Israel will buy 14 of the aircraft now and another 17 in 2017, the official said without providing price details. The second stage of the purchase will be subject to another vote of approval nearer the time, the official added.

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Israel bought 19 of the Lockheed Martin Corp

F-35s for $2.75 billion in 2010, with delivery scheduled between 2016 and 2018. The new purchase will bring the number of the planes in Israel’s inventory to 50, or two squadrons. Under the 2010 deal, it has an option to order an additional squadron’s worth.

Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon reached a preliminary agreement on the 31 F-35s during a visit to Washington last month, but met opposition from some Israeli ministers who voiced misgivings about the jet’s high cost and untested capabilities.

The resulting hold-up, Yaalon told Israel’s Army Radio earlier on Sunday, frayed ties with the United States, which have already been strained by disputes over how to tackle Iran’s nuclear program and stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.

A reduced Israeli purchase could have dented international confidence in the plane, which is being developed and built by Lockheed for the U.S. military and allies—a $399 billion endeavor that is the world’s most expensive weapons program.



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 Nov 30, 2014 at 05:42 PM Reb Yid Says:

It's a lousy, expensive plane. Single engine, unstable, not so powerful. It's going to put the US at a tactical disadvantage for many decades. No reason Israel should jump in the same sinking lifeboat.

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 Nov 30, 2014 at 07:02 PM Moses Says:

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Reb Yid Says:

It's a lousy, expensive plane. Single engine, unstable, not so powerful. It's going to put the US at a tactical disadvantage for many decades. No reason Israel should jump in the same sinking lifeboat.

How do you know all this? Military plan expert?

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 Nov 30, 2014 at 07:10 PM Mendel Says:

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Reb Yid Says:

It's a lousy, expensive plane. Single engine, unstable, not so powerful. It's going to put the US at a tactical disadvantage for many decades. No reason Israel should jump in the same sinking lifeboat.

I'm afraid you do not know of what you speak. The main problem with it is the price. It is the best air to air and air to ground stealth fighter around. As far as unstable is concerned, did you know that all fighter jets are inherently unstable? That is what makes them so maneuverable! Passengers jets are built for stability, fighter jets for instability. That's why they can turn on a dime!

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 Nov 30, 2014 at 07:11 PM AlbertEinstein Says:

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Reb Yid Says:

It's a lousy, expensive plane. Single engine, unstable, not so powerful. It's going to put the US at a tactical disadvantage for many decades. No reason Israel should jump in the same sinking lifeboat.

Where do you get your information from, Aviation Week and Space Technology? Or, maybe Popular Mechanics?

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 Nov 30, 2014 at 09:01 PM anonymous Says:

How many aerodynamic experts on this website , you need to go to Dayton Ohio and sell your expertise to the air-force but unfortunately it does no discover tunnels or rocket installations hidden in Lebanon

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 Dec 01, 2014 at 09:01 AM Anominous Says:

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anonymous Says:

How many aerodynamic experts on this website , you need to go to Dayton Ohio and sell your expertise to the air-force but unfortunately it does no discover tunnels or rocket installations hidden in Lebanon

That's a very good point. The nuclear power plant in Iran by then will have produced enough bombs to destroy it. The main threat now are the tunnels, which Israel should put all of its efforts to counter balance/attack. Israel should wait for when the tunnels are almost finished and re-occupy Gaza and destroy them again - Pre-empty strike. The question is can the tunnels be found?

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