ANALYSIS: F-35 revolutionises multi-role operations for IAF

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Unread post01 Feb 2016, 20:34

ANALYSIS: F-35 revolutionises multi-role operations for IAF [MUCH MORE at the SOURCE]
01 Feb 2016 Arie Egozi

"The Israeli Air Force (IAF) has accelerated its preparations for the delivery of the first Lockheed Martin F-35I Adir at the end of the year.

The "Golden Eagle" squadron at the Nevatim airbase is working to be ready for the stealth fighter that in Israel is considered one of the main elements of the edge the IAF wants to have in any future war.

Major Ehud is the F-35 squadron project manager in charge of the preparations. He said the deployment of the F-35 in the IAF is no less than a revolution. "With its capabilities, it redefines the term multi-role aircraft,” Ehud says.

"We know even before the first aircraft lands in this base that it's a force multiplier. Two F-35s will do the work of larger formations, sometimes of different types. Its capabilities to locate targets and perform the best attack under different conditions are no less than an operational revolution.”...

...IAF fighter pilots have begun training on the F-35 at bases in the USA. These pilots will be the first to fly the aircraft in Israel and will instruct the others as more aircraft are delivered.

When the IAF decided to purchase the F-35, it made clear the preferred configuration will include an Israel-developed electronic warfare system, replacing the BAE Systems ASQ-239 Barracuda. This request was not accepted by Washington, but there are indications that after the stealth fighter arrives in Israel, “add-on" subsystems will be installed to give it the needed "special edge" based on the vast operational experience of the IAF in the Middle East.

The Israeli F-35s will also carry a unique communication system in the cockpit. The additional box will allow the F-35s to integrate with Israel’s recently deployed airborne network, which Rafael calls Ravnet-300 on the export market. Though in some ways comparable to the NATO-standard Link 16 system, Ravnet-300 operates significantly faster and allows more applications.

In December a contract for the purchase of another 14 Lockheed Martin F-35 (Adir) fighters for the IAF was signed in Washington.

The IAF and the ministry of defence wanted to purchase 31 F-35s but strong opposition in the Israeli cabinet limited the number in the new $2.82 billion deal. Instead, the new contract includes options for an additional 17 examples.

In 2010, Israel had already signed a deal to purchase 19 of the fighters.

Defence ministry sources say efforts will continue to purchase the additional number of the stealth aircraft that match the operational needs of the IAF.

The original plan was to deploy 75 F-35Is, replacing an ageing fleet of F-16A/Bs. Recent political dynamics could bolster the air force’s plans to buy more of the fighters. Last year, the Obama administration accepted terms on a nuclear deal with Iran over the objections of the Israeli government. In return, Tel Aviv expects to receive a “compensation package” from the US government. Indications suggest such a package will increase the number of F-35Is sold to Israel, perhaps nearing the air force’s original procurement plan...."

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Unread post03 Feb 2016, 17:41

I've been interested in how the Israelis will tweek the F35 for their own personal needs. Does anyone know if python 5 has been prioritized for internal carriage similar to what the British are doing with Asraam?
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Unread post03 Feb 2016, 18:10

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Unread post11 Jul 2016, 15:26

Israel Seeks Changes To Its F-35 Version [MUCH MORE (about ALIS) AT THE URL]
01 Jul 2016 Lara Seligman

"...The Israeli air force is seeking greater customization for its F-35I “Adir” than are other partners or international customers.

The F-35Is will employ unique communications and navigation systems, weapons and even cyber defenses built indigenously by Israeli companies. Top Israeli officials also say it will leave the country only for combat missions—all maintenance will be done in country, rather than in predetermined regional overhaul facilities.

Officials say the push to maximize the new fleet’s autonomy is driven by the country’s geopolitical situation, which requires independence in operating and maintaining its fighter jets. In wartime, when access to seaports and airports may be cut off, Israel needs to keep its F-35s flying independently, says air force Chief of Staff Brig. Gen. Tal Kelman.

Israel is in the middle of the Middle East, and we are in daily conflict. Conflict is not a theory. We are not getting ready for a war in two or three years. We have daily operational activities with our fighter aircraft,” Kelman says.

But customization will come at a high price for Tel Aviv. Developing and installing additional capabilities on the jets, as well as the infrastructure to maintain them, will require significant investment by the Israeli government. Ultimately, each F-35I could cost significantly more per jet than the estimated $100 million for the U.S. Air Force F-35A. The final decisions will likely hinge on negotiations over a new 10-year aid package between the U.S. and Israel, expected to conclude later this year.

Lockheed Martin is on tap to deliver 33 tailor-made aircraft to Israel, with the first two scheduled to arrive at Nevatim air base in December. The design uses Israeli-developed systems and aims for interoperability with the country’s existing defensive systems, according to Karl Sapienza, Lockheed’s director for F-35 Israel program management. The modifications focus on three initial areas: command, control, communications, computers and intelligence (C4I); electronic warfare (EW) and weapons integration.

By customizing software for the F-35, the country is leveraging the jet’s built-in open-architecture software design, long touted by the Pentagon and Lockheed as a key capability that will keep the aircraft relevant far into the future. In effect, Israeli industry is writing “apps” for the F-35 (AW&ST April 25-May 8, p. 22).

Once the first F-35Is arrive at Nevatim, state-owned Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) will begin installing a bespoke C4I system—designed by IAI’s Lahav Division and ELTA Systems Ltd.—that will augment Lockheed’s central avionics system. This will provide the Israelis with an autonomous communications protocol interface compatible with its air and defense force legacy communications devices, says Sapienza.

EW is another potential area for customization. The F-35 is currently equipped with an active, electronically scanned array radar, as well BAE Systems’ AN/ASQ-239 EW suite, which allow the jet to suppress enemy radars and defeat surface and air threats. But Lockheed has modified the design of the jet’s installations, power and cooling to enable Israel’s air force to potentially expand spectral coverage with some kind of podded system, says Sapienza.

Israel’s Elisra, an Elbit subsidiary, is eyeing the additional F-35I EW requirement, according to Elbit Systems of America President and CEO Raanan Horowitz.

As for arms, the Israeli air force and state-owned Rafael Advanced Defense Systems have been working with Lockheed to adapt the Spice 1000 Electro-Optical/GPS-guided air-to-ground weapon, installed on the service’s F-16s, for the new jets.

Lockheed is also working with Cyclone Ltd., a wholly owned Elbit subsidiary, on potentially outfitting the F-35I with external fuel tanks to extend its range beyond the 18,500 lb. of fuel carried internally.

In a recent development, Israeli industry will also install custom cyber defenses to protect the F-35I’s networks and systems from would-be hackers, Joint Program Office (JPO) Chief Lt. Gen. Christopher Bogdan confirms.

Israel and F-35 manufacturer Lockheed will work to set up a firewall to make sure privileged information does not pass between the U.S. and Israeli F-35 fleets via external systems such as the Autonomic Logistics Information System (ALIS) or the offboard mission planning system, Bogdan says.

“We have got to protect our side of that, and they have to protect their side of that, to ensure that nothing we do gets into their systems and nothing they do can get into our systems,” Bogdan says...."

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Unread post22 Jul 2016, 03:57

I knew it, the Israeli's will add EFT's to the F-35.

It was only a matter of time.
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Unread post22 Jul 2016, 05:08

There are quite a few references to the Israeli interest in CFTs & EFTs on this forum - here is butt one of them.
Eyeing Iran, Israel Readies for Stealth Strike Fighter
05 Sep 2015 Barbara Opall-Rome

“...We’re studying proof of concept trade studies on carrying extra fuel,” a Lockheed Martin program official told Defense News. “After you own the air space, you won’t have to worry about stealth. So then you can add external tanks because you won’t be worried about being detected...

...“It’s short-sighted to expect that all the smart people working here on conformal fuel tanks will not manage to make them stealthy," the IAF officer said....”

Source: http://www.defensenews.com/story/defens ... /71608464/
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