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

Unread postPosted: 22 May 2018, 08:08
by fang
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

One more article
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/ ... spx/418833

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

Unread postPosted: 22 May 2018, 08:55
by Dragon029
If anyone finds that photo that's being referenced (of an F-35 flying over Beirut) be sure to post it here.

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

Unread postPosted: 22 May 2018, 09:21
by hythelday
Now watch people claim those 100s of SAMs were fired at F-35, because vintage Fan Song radar can track "quasi-stealth" Adir! :D

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

Unread postPosted: 22 May 2018, 13:56
by luke_sandoz

Confirmed: Israel uses the F-35 in combat

Unread postPosted: 22 May 2018, 14:28
by mixelflick
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...

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

Unread postPosted: 22 May 2018, 14:54
by spazsinbad

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

Unread postPosted: 22 May 2018, 15:02
by XanderCrews
But muh "knot reddy 4 pryme tyme"

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

Unread postPosted: 22 May 2018, 15:30
by mk82
Boom!!!!!! Rock and roll!!!! Steel on target!

Re: Confirmed: Israel uses the F-35 in combat

Unread postPosted: 22 May 2018, 15:33
by mk82
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!

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

Unread postPosted: 22 May 2018, 16:10
by steve2267
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?

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

Unread postPosted: 22 May 2018, 17:12
by citanon
More details in a report from JPost, including some gloating by LM execs. :mrgreen:

https://m.jpost.com/Israel-News/IAF-com ... bat-558030

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

Unread postPosted: 22 May 2018, 18:24
by fang
Maj.Gen Norkin announcement about the first ever wet F-35
https://www.facebook.com/idfonline/vide ... cation=ufi

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

Unread postPosted: 22 May 2018, 20:26
by charlielima223
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.

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

Unread postPosted: 22 May 2018, 21:56
by lamashtu
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.

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

Unread postPosted: 22 May 2018, 22:01
by spazsinbad