Israel Makes Another Bid For F-22 Jets




 
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March 15th, 2008  
Team Infidel
 
 

Topic: Israel Makes Another Bid For F-22 Jets


Again they try.

Jerusalem Post
March 14, 2008 By Yaakov Katz
In the face of Iran's race to obtain nuclear weapons, defense officials who will visit the US next week plan to ask the Pentagon to reconsider its decision not to sell Israel the F-22 fifth-generation stealth fighter jet, The Jerusalem Post has learned.
Defense Ministry Director-General Pinhas Buhris will visit the US for several days next week to discuss a wide range of security and defense issues, including the continued funding of the Arrow missile defense system as well as the possibility that Israel will receive the F-22.
Israel had asked for the stealth jet - manufactured by Lockheed Martin - last year in an effort to retain its qualitative edge in the region in the face of American plans to sell Saudi Arabia advanced JDAM smart bombs. The Israeli request was turned down.
The IAF did not give up hopes of acquiring the aircraft, particularly since Israel is only expected to begin receiving the stealth Joint Strike Fighter - also known as the F-35 - in 2013 at the earliest. This could be too late to be used if Israel decides to attack Iranian nuclear facilities.
The F-22 formally entered operational service in the US Air Force in December 2005, but has not been sold outside America due to a federal law barring export sale of the aircraft.
In recent talks with the US, Israel again expressed interest in the jets, and defense officials told the Post this week that "things were looking positive."
"This would be a major boost for Israel and its image of deterrence," an official said.
Israel is particularly encouraged by remarks made last month by US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates during a visit to Australia. Gates said he would look into lifting the congressional ban on the sale of the F-22 to foreign nations. Australia and Japan have also expressed interest in buying the stealth aircraft.
Buhris will also use his US trip to try to secure funding for the continued development of the Arrow missile defense system.
Israel currently operates the Arrow 2, and in a recent meeting at the Defense Ministry, Defense Minister Ehud Barak approved plans to begin developing the Arrow 3, an upgraded version that is slated to have a longer range and be capable of reaching higher altitudes.
Israel is also holding high-level talks with the Pentagon concerning a future Israeli acquisition in a time of war of the Lockheed Martin-built Terminal High Altitude Area Defense missile defense system.
A delegation of officials from Israel's Homa Missile Defense Agency were in Hawaii recently to view a successful test of the system. The US Congress recently allocated $200 million subsidy for Israel's use if it decides to purchase the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system.
March 15th, 2008  
LeEnfield
 
 
I don't think much will happen to after the Election in America
March 16th, 2008  
Fox
 
 
If the Israeli Air Force get some Raptors, the Palestinians and Hamas will get OWNED
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March 16th, 2008  
therise21
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Fox
If the Israeli Air Force get some Raptors, the Palestinians and Hamas will get OWNED
I dont think so. You dont hear about any of their f-15 being shot down. This would mainly be used against Syria and Iran.
March 16th, 2008  
Pale Rider
 
I do not see the IDF recieving the F-22, they are a little too kozy in the defence industry with countries that we deem a viable future threat. On that same note Australia and Japan have a pretty good chance, You can thank China for that U.S decision when it is officially released.
March 16th, 2008  
SHERMAN
 
 
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If the Israeli Air Force get some Raptors, the Palestinians and Hamas will get OWNED
im almost certain the existing fleet of F-15,F-16,AH-1,AH-64 and the future purchess of F-35 is quite enough to face people who fire homemade rockets that cost 1000$ each...
March 16th, 2008  
Fox
 
 
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Originally Posted by SHERMAN
im almost certain the existing fleet of F-15,F-16,AH-1,AH-64 and the future purchess of F-35 is quite enough to face people who fire homemade rockets that cost 1000$ each...
Okay, that's one of the things that I didn't know about. Thanks for heading up.
April 15th, 2008  
Tabaco
 
I really dont think the U.S wil sell this plane!it is a very advanced technology in which they do not want to give it out to other countries....maybe in a couple of years britain may get some but I highly doubt it. they never sold the f-117s , and a couple of countries were wanting it including the U.K
April 23rd, 2008  
Hoover19
 
 
Israel will never get the F-22's. There is no way. The air force would be really stupid if they gave that kind of technology up. I trust in our country that the USAF will not give the F-22 up. It is to valuable for the U.S. its kind of like our secret weapon.
April 23rd, 2008  
tomtom22
 
 

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Originally Posted by Hoover19
Israel will never get the F-22's. There is no way. The air force would be really stupid if they gave that kind of technology up. I trust in our country that the USAF will not give the F-22 up. It is to valuable for the U.S. its kind of like our secret weapon.
I agree!







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