M.E. arms race: Israel gets F35 fighter jets after Iran’s Russian S-300 missiles become operational


F35 planeOn July 26, Israeli fighter aircraft model F-35, “Stealth,” took off on its maiden flight and successfully passed an examination of its overall system. The traditional rollout ceremony of the aircraft had been held June 22 with the participation of Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman. The arrival of the first planes to Israel is planned for December.

The Israeli air force will be the first air force outside the United States with an operational Stealth squadron. In the United States, the Navy has already made the F-35 serviceable and announced its Initial Operating Capability status.

The timing of the arrival of the Stealth aircraft to Israel is especially auspicious. A high-level Israeli military figure told Al-Monitor last week on condition of anonymity, “Batteries of surface-to-air S-300 missiles produced by Russia have already reached Iran.” He added, “Although they are not yet operational, we expect them to become operational in the near future.”

The arrival of the F-35 to Israel — simultaneously with the supply of S-300 missiles from Russia to Iran — preserves Israel’s qualitative edge over Middle East skies. “In most cases, the F-35 is able to elude the radar of the S-300,” a high-placed military source told Al-Monitor on condition of anonymity. “This is a big challenge for us, but we are up to it. The Stealth [aircraft] was built for exactly this purpose and will give us freedom of movement even against this new development.”

S 300 missile system
S 300 missile system

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) in general and the air force in particular are more concerned with the possibility that some of the S-300s — missiles that cover a territory of more than 300 kilometers (186 miles) each — will find their way from Iran to Syria or Lebanon. “Such a scenario would pose a major strategic change for us,” said a senior Israeli military source on condition of anonymity. He told Al-Monitor, “We will do everything possible to avert this.” There is also the worry that the Iranians will learn the system, try to produce it by themselves and then transfer the know-how to Hezbollah or Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Israel is hoping that this will not happen, according to AL Monitor report
One way or another, the Israeli air force is waiting impatiently and excitedly for the new Stealth aircraft, the report added .


“This plane will upgrade the entire air force by a complete technological generation,” said a senior IDF source. He told Al-Monitor on condition of anonymity, “This is a transition from fourth-generation fighter jets to fifth-generation, and even more than that. Missions that we carried out to date with a double-digit number of planes will be able to be executed with a low single-digit number of planes.”

F35 Declared operational

US Gen. Hawk Carlisle, commander of Air Combat Command, announced on Tuesday that the” Air Force F-35A Joint Strike Fighter is now operational and ready for combat”
The F-35 is a fifth-generation stealth fighter that the US military is counting on to replace its aging fleet of fighter jets and provide advanced electronic warfare, air-to-ground and air-to-air combat capabilities.

Carlisle said Tuesday that the Air Force’s version had met all the criteria to reach “initial operational capability,” including its ability to destroy enemy air defenses in a contested environment. He said the service has the pilots, maintainers and logistics ready to support an operational squadron of 12-24 aircraft.

“The F-35A will be the most dominant aircraft in our inventory, because it can go where our legacy aircraft cannot and provide the capabilities our commanders need on the modern battlefield,” Carlisle said.

In all, the services plan to field 2,457 of the new jets to eventually replace their aging workhorses, including the Air Force’s F-16 and A-10 jets, the Marines AV-8 Harriers and the Navy and Marine’s fleet of F/A-18 Hornet and Super Hornet fighters.

But, strangely enough during the announcement Tuesday, Carlisle said the F-35 was not being deployed to the Middle East in the near future. His statement came despite reports that Israel will gets its firs F35 plane in December .
The plane costs over 100 million each and Israel intends to get 100. This is a whopping $10 billion .

And the Middle East arms race continues, while the wars in several areas are still going on with no end in sight .

Syria destruction hell on earth “Years from now our grandkids will ask how we could’ve failed to bring justice to people living in hell on earth,” U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power tweeted
Syria destruction hell on earth “Years from now our grandkids will ask how we could’ve failed to bring justice to people living in hell on earth,” U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power tweeted last June

The Lockheed Martin F-35 , a $1.5 trillion 20-year program, has faced significant criticism over the years for missing production deadlines, for cost overruns and questions on whether it will actually provide a reliable replacement to the aircraft wearing out faster than expected due to their heavy and non-stop deployments against the Islamic State group.

The U.S. Air Force is reportedly planning to buy the bulk of the new jets, a total of 1,736 , according to analysis of congressional budget documents by the Project on Government Oversight.



59 responses to “M.E. arms race: Israel gets F35 fighter jets after Iran’s Russian S-300 missiles become operational”

  1. 5thDrawer Avatar

    The race to tax citizens more.

  2. Absurdity101 Avatar

    Is the world preparing for WW3???

    1. Rudy1947 Avatar

      Since 1946.

    2. 5thDrawer Avatar

      Been in it for a bit … not that anyone wants to notice it.

  3. That photo quotes a tweet from my favorite warmonger Samantha Powers:

    1. 5thDrawer Avatar

      And threatens USA if Gulen is not ‘handed over’. Great NATO partner.

        1. Rudy1947 Avatar

          Seth Rich: low level staffer meeting the FBI at 4AM on a Saturday night/Sunday morning. All evidence shows a robbery gone bad. Not unprecedented in DC.

          John Ashe: he died from a barbell hitting his throat. His day in court was to testify about corruption charges levied against John Ashe.

          Victor Thorn: a two bit author of conspiracy theories about the Holocaust and 9/11. Did try to convince anyone that Bill and Hillary met at Yale through an FBI arrangement….. gotta love that one.

          Shawn Luca: a process server, not a lead attorney

          1. Hind Abyad Avatar
            Hind Abyad

            Gotta love that one liar..

            “Conrad Rich was shot in the back while walking home after 4 a-m
            on Sunday morning. He was on the phone with his girlfriend just before the attack. Police say his body bore injuries indicating that Rich fought for his life.” His father said;
            “If it was a robbery-it failed because he still has his watch, he still has his money-he still has his credit cards, still had his phone so it was a wasted effort except we lost a life,”

          2. Hind Abyad Avatar
            Hind Abyad

            Shawn Lucas: a process server

            “Just hours” before Lucas was found dead, there had been a major housecleaning of DNC officials implicated in the DNC emails leaked by Wikileaks, showing that key executives had secretly strategized on how to sabotage the campaign of Senator Bernie Sanders while bolstering the campaign for Hillary Clinton. (Those leaked emails provide
            important new evidence to buttress the class action lawsuit.) DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz had stepped down earlier as a result of the emails at the outset of the Democratic Convention but Politico reported on the afternoon of August 2 that “CEO Amy Dacey, communications director Luis Miranda and chief financial officer Brad Marshall” were leaving the DNC and that staffers had been told of the changes that very day. All three had been implicated by the leaked emails.” 🙂

          3. Rudy1947 Avatar

            Shaun was a nothing in the process other than the messenger.

          4. Hind Abyad Avatar
            Hind Abyad


          5. Rudy1947 Avatar


          6. Hind Abyad Avatar
            Hind Abyad

            So what

          7. Rudy1947 Avatar

            You posted the comment of “Great number of political assasinations in on month.”, you own it. Don’t like it, delete it.

          8. Hind Abyad Avatar
            Hind Abyad

            I own it, you don’t like it


          9. Rudy1947 Avatar

            And all of the body count is fabricated manure.

          10. Rudy1947 Avatar

            When a robbery goes bad, then the valuables are not taken and many times someone gets hurt or killed. As far as the liar moniker, bend over and pleasure yourself baich.

          11. Hind Abyad Avatar
            Hind Abyad

            On the street at 4 am shot in the back none on the streets???
            “As far as the liar moniker, bend over and pleasure yourself baich”. Khasbara

          12. Rudy1947 Avatar

            I thought I said that. BTW, the parents of Rich also said not to politicize the incident.

          13. Hind Abyad Avatar
            Hind Abyad

            Get lost go play in Rio de Janeiro trafic.. enough molleton IQ

          14. Rudy1947 Avatar

            You post crap, you will be reminded of it. I guess your IQ is a little rusty or is that a fabrication as well.

          15. Hind Abyad Avatar
            Hind Abyad


          16. Rudy1947 Avatar

            I can only hope.

          17. Hind Abyad Avatar
            Hind Abyad

            moi aussi cretin .

        2. 5thDrawer Avatar

          Sounds a bit Russian in tactics … even to the successful summons server ?? Weird.

          1. Hind Abyad Avatar
            Hind Abyad

            NEVER admit truth, Just like Rudy

          2. Rudy1947 Avatar

            Are you a subscriber to whatdoesitmean. com?

          3. Hind Abyad Avatar
            Hind Abyad

            Are you YaLibnan monitor?” What are you contributing beside your crap & spams?

            “This is to remind all our readers to respect the community .
            Comments that contain personal attacks or inappropriate language
            will be removed.

            For those who are new to this site please note that Ya Libnan is all about fixing Lebanon.We want our readers to come up with ideas
            that if implemented will make lebanon a better country.

            Ya Libnan is a democratic venue that is open to anyone wishing to contribute any ideas to improve Lebanon. Our only wish is to maintain the civility of the discussions and that is why those who have not been able to abide by this rule have been banned from participating in this forum . We don’t want or expect anything from anyone …better lebanon is the only reward we seek. Help us get there!”

          4. Rudy1947 Avatar

            It was a simple question. You can say no or yes.

            As far as your reference to a democratic YaLibnan I am the taking part in the democratic process by telling you that your info is fabricated, racist and bigoted most of the time. You’re just just all emotional about someone throwing your worthless crap back into your face.

          5. Hind Abyad Avatar
            Hind Abyad

            Contributing worthless spam!

          6. Rudy1947 Avatar

            Got your attention though. Now your scrambling.

          7. Hind Abyad Avatar
            Hind Abyad

            Another scrambling kindergarten spam

          8. Rudy1947 Avatar

            Sure sure. Your post of the 4 supposed deaths had so many holes in it that the air made it whistle in the wind.

          9. 5thDrawer Avatar

            Well Hind, I’d have to admit, along with the ‘presenter’ of the video, that it’s a huge pile of reportage that isn’t being even discussed or viewed, for it’s veracity to be proven or not. The silence is palpable.
            I AM happy I don’t live south of the border … but by this time they can probably reach me from anywhere if they find the the cabinet of drawers. Do I care? No.
            And did we get our 35’s yet? (hate to think the ‘F’ is a four-letter-word acronym.)

          10. Rudy1947 Avatar

            Is the Russian tactic referring to the deaths or the fabricated circumstances?

          11. 5thDrawer Avatar

            Search for ‘Arkancide’ in You-Tube … :-))

          12. Rudy1947 Avatar

            And that is suppose to tell me what????

          13. 5thDrawer Avatar

            That turning the deaf ear is what everyone prefers to do, probably.

          14. Rudy1947 Avatar

            What deaf ear, I asked a question. Are you telling me that if you post it I must believe it.

          15. Hind Abyad Avatar
            Hind Abyad

            You know he can fill 300 pages talking about nothing.
            I’m going out, beautiful day 😉

          16. Rudy1947 Avatar

            Quite the opposite. Your quantity does not represent quality.

          17. Hind Abyad Avatar
            Hind Abyad

            Exactly, 300 pages talking about nothing is your quantique speciality.

          18. Rudy1947 Avatar

            Thanx for the definition, but doesn’t answer the question and your silly reference to uppies is almost juvenile. Now, by the numbers:
            1. What are you trying to say?
            2. What are you trying to say?
            3. Cryptic and flippant have a shelf life.

          19. Hind Abyad Avatar
            Hind Abyad

            To take a jump at Niagara Falls

      1. Hind Abyad Avatar
        Hind Abyad

        Very complicated:)

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