Is­rael or­ders more F-35 war­planes from the US

The Myanmar Times - - World -

IS­RAEL will or­der 17 more US-made F-35 war­planes to take its fleet of stealthy Joint Strike Fight­ers to 50 over the next few years, the prime min­is­ter’s of­fice said.

A state­ment from Ben­jamin Ne­tanyahu’s of­fice said the green light for the or­der was given by the se­cu­rity cab­i­net and that the Jewish state is due to take de­liv­ery of its first F35s next month.

US of­fi­cials and in­dus­try ex­ec­u­tives in­sist the plane prom­ises to be­come the ul­ti­mate stealth fighter jet, able to evade en­emy radar while fly­ing at su­per­sonic speeds. Out­fit­ted with elab­o­rate soft­ware, the F-35 re­sem­bles a fly­ing com­puter.

Through the vi­sor of a hi-tech hel­met linked to on-board cam­eras, the pi­lot can “see” through the cock­pit floor to the ground be­low – pro­vid­ing a 360-de­gree view.

Is­raeli pub­lic ra­dio said the pur­chase will come un­der the US mil­i­tary aid pro­gram. In Septem­ber, Pres­i­dent Barack Obama signed off on a 10-year mil­i­tary aid pack­age for Is­rael worth US$38 bil­lion, the largest in US his­tory.

Pub­lic ra­dio re­ported Mr Ne­tanyahu as say­ing that by order­ing 17 ad­di­tional F-35s, the govern­ment “in­tends to act to strengthen Is­rael’s se­cu­rity and en­sure its ex­is­tence in the com­ing decades”.

Is­raeli lead­ers have jus­ti­fied the ac­qui­si­tion of the F-35 by rais­ing the spec­tre of its arch-foe Iran.

The Fordo site, built into a moun­tain near the city of Qom, has stopped en­rich­ing ura­nium since the Jan­uary im­ple­men­ta­tion of a nu­clear deal be­tween the Is­lamic repub­lic and world pow­ers.

The July 2015 agree­ment re­moved some in­ter­na­tional sanc­tions in re­turn for curbs on Tehran’s con­tro­ver­sial atomic pro­gram.

Mr Ne­tanyahu has lam­basted the land­mark deal with Iran as a “his­toric mis­take”, and has re­peat­edly threat­ened to take mil­i­tary ac­tion if nec­es­sary to pre­vent it from ob­tain­ing a nu­clear weapon. –

Photo: EPA

F-35 Light­ning II joint striker fighter air­craft zoom through the sky.

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