Israel is the first to use the F-35 in combat

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Unread post22 May 2018, 08:08

The IAF chief Major-General Amikam Norkin said “We are flying the F-35 all of the Middle East and have already attacked twice on two different fronts"
https://www.reuters.com/article/lockhee ... SJ7N1PG02E

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http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/ ... spx/418833
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Unread post22 May 2018, 08:55

If anyone finds that photo that's being referenced (of an F-35 flying over Beirut) be sure to post it here.
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Unread post22 May 2018, 09:21

Now watch people claim those 100s of SAMs were fired at F-35, because vintage Fan Song radar can track "quasi-stealth" Adir! :D
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Unread post22 May 2018, 13:56

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Unread post22 May 2018, 14:28

Not a lot of detail, but they've done it..

https://theaviationist.com/2018/05/22/e ... -aircraft/

Sounds like it was Syria. If so, this has to be a major blow to S-400 fans as it supposedly can see anything in Israel as soon as it's taking off...
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Unread post22 May 2018, 15:02

But muh "knot reddy 4 pryme tyme"
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Unread post22 May 2018, 15:30

Boom!!!!!! Rock and roll!!!! Steel on target!
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Unread post22 May 2018, 15:33

mixelflick wrote:Not a lot of detail, but they've done it..

https://theaviationist.com/2018/05/22/e ... -aircraft/

Sounds like it was Syria. If so, this has to be a major blow to S-400 fans as it supposedly can see anything in Israel as soon as it's taking off...


The S400 probably won’t see that F35I delivered SPICE PGM heading it’s way either lol!
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Unread post22 May 2018, 16:10

More telling, IMO, than the Israelis having already "struck twice" with the F-35 operationally, is the general's comments that Israel is flying the F-35 "all over the Middle East." I don't think they are on a public air show tour. They are probably mapping every target, every emitter, every communications or network node.

Too bad there isn't really anyone left in the ME for Israel to shoot down their Migs or Sukhois. I would think the Israelis and Russians do everything they can to avoid an armed confrontation.

Here's an interesting thought... how have the Israeli F-35's inferfaced with American F-22's over Syria? Avoided entirely? Not detected?
Take an F-16, stir in A-7, dollop of F-117, gob of F-22, dash of F/A-18, sprinkle with AV-8B, stir well + bake. Whaddya get? F-35.
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Unread post22 May 2018, 17:12

More details in a report from JPost, including some gloating by LM execs. :mrgreen:

https://m.jpost.com/Israel-News/IAF-com ... bat-558030
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Unread post22 May 2018, 18:24

Maj.Gen Norkin announcement about the first ever wet F-35
https://www.facebook.com/idfonline/vide ... cation=ufi
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Unread post22 May 2018, 20:26

steve2267 wrote:
Here's an interesting thought... how have the Israeli F-35's inferfaced with American F-22's over Syria? Avoided entirely? Not detected?


I would think the F-22 after 3 years flying in, near, and around Russian platforms and soaked up plenty of electronic, radio, and radar signals greatly improving and updating threat libraries. This in turn would (IMO) prompt Israel to request a portion of those threat libraries and used it on their F-35s.
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Unread post22 May 2018, 21:56

The announcement seems to put the Russians in a bind. Either say that the F-35s avoided detection so that they were unable to warn the Iranians and that the vaunted SA-21 and A-50U aren't quite the silver bullets that they claim they are, or basically acknowledge something that has gone unspoken thus far, that in spite of their more aggressive posture in the Middle East they will not lift a finger to defend the Iranians if it means jeopardising cordial relations with Israel.
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Unread post22 May 2018, 22:01

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