Thursday, October 7, 2010

Israel Decides To Go "All In" Against Iranian Threat, Signs Deal For $2.75 Billion Worth of American F-35 Fighter Jets


With today's Israeli signing of a deal to purchase 20 F-35 fighter jets made by America's Lockheed Martin Corporation, the Israelis have definitely decided to go to the next level in trying to deal with a more and more threatening Iran.

From the article at Reuters via Breitbart:

Israel signed a $2.75 billion deal on Thursday with the United States to buy about 20 Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 fighter jets, the first buyer outside the aircraft's nine-nation co-development group.

Shani said at the signing that Israel expects to incorporate its own technology into the aircraft. The purchase had been delayed by issues such as Israel's preference for building in its own electronic warfare, communications and other systems.

There are "unique requirements," said John Giese, a Lockheed Martin spokesman at the signing.

"Iran is a problem for all the democratic and free world, and one of the answers ... concerning this problem is the F-35," Shani told reporters at the signing.

As is always the case when Israelis purchase fighter jets and bombers, they add their own technology into weaponry and other electronics and I think that usually causes a bit of a snag in these deliberations and deals but obviously, Lockheed Martin has agreed to make some changes and the Israelis have to believe in the overall superiority of this new fighter jet.

As for Iran, they might as well go back to the drawing boards in the future regarding their defensive radar...as usual, the Israelis are a couple of dozen steps ahead of them.



Israel and U.S. sign $2.75 billion F-35 fighter deal


(Reuters) - Israel signed a $2.75 billion deal on Thursday with the United States to buy about 20 Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 fighter jets, the first buyer outside the aircraft's nine-nation co-development group.

Israel is to receive the jets from 2015 through 2017, according to an Israeli statement released at a signing ceremony.

However, retired Major General Ehud Shani, director-general of the ministry of defense, said the aircraft would start arriving in 2016. He told reporters Israel had an option to buy a "couple of dozens" more of the radar-evading fighter.

Shani said at the signing that Israel expects to incorporate its own technology into the aircraft. The purchase had been delayed by issues such as Israel's preference for building in its own electronic warfare, communications and other systems.

There are "unique requirements," said John Giese, a Lockheed Martin spokesman at the signing.

"We're very pleased with their decision to move forward with F-35s," John Kent, a Lockheed Martin spokesman in Fort Worth, Texas, where the F-35 is in early production, said in a telephone interview. He referred questions on the sale to the U.S. government, which is brokering the deal under its foreign military sales program.

"Iran is a problem for all the democratic and free world, and one of the answers ... concerning this problem is the F-35," Shani told reporters at the signing.

Israeli leaders have spoken of arch-foe Iran potentially developing a nuclear weapon by mid-decade, suggesting that the F-35 would not be used for any prevention action but rather to bolster the country's deterrence.

The U.S. Defense Department had no immediate comment.

5 comments:

Federale said...

The U.S. and Isreal are much better off with the F-22.

Lysol said...

...And Israel announces a settlement agreement with the Palestinians in 3...2...

Walter Becker said...

How much welfare money did we give Israel this year?

Holger Awakens said...

Becker,

How much "welfare money" from the U.S. went to Hamas via the Pali slush fund?

Oh, I forgot, you don't care about American aid going anywhere as long as it doesn't go to those damn Joooooooos.....right?

:Holger Danske

Walter Becker said...

I'd cut them all off. But nice try - ANY critic of the policies of the Israeli govt = anti semetism? Thats all you got?