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sufaviper wrote:The line is closed and it would cost hundreds of Millions if not Billions to restart the line.
Giving the tech to BAE is not in the US or LM/Boeings best interest, so no to the BAE replica.
The F-22 is too expensive/speciallized for the above for their current requirements (Canada-doesn't need a dedicated Air-to-Air fighter, Austrailia-F-35 meets the Air-to-Air need, UK-Typhoon + F-35 meets the Air-to-Air need.).
Israel has the money (ok, its US money given as FMA) and the need. You think Iran was not happy about USAF F-22's in the Middle East, think about how they would feel if Israel had a couple squadrons. But like I said, the line is closed.
Despite inarguable ties between the U.S. and its closest ally in the Middle East and despite statements from U.S. politicians trumpeting the friendship, U.S. national security officials consider Israel to be, at times, a frustrating ally and a genuine counterintelligence threat.
In addition to what the former U.S. officials described as intrusions in homes in the past decade, Israel has been implicated in U.S. criminal espionage cases and disciplinary proceedings against CIA officers and blamed in the presumed death of an important spy in Syria for the CIA during the administration of President George W. Bush.
The CIA considers Israel its No. 1 counterintelligence threat in the agency's Near East Division, the group that oversees spying across the Middle East, according to current and former officials. Counterintelligence is the art of protecting national secrets from spies. This means the CIA believes that U.S. national secrets are safer from other Middle Eastern governments than from Israel.
Israel employs highly sophisticated, professional spy services that rival American agencies in technical capability and recruiting human sources. Unlike Iran or Syria, for example, Israel as a steadfast U.S. ally enjoys access to the highest levels of the U.S. government in military and intelligence circles.
The counterintelligence worries continue even as the U.S. relationship with Israel features close cooperation on intelligence programs that reportedly included the Stuxnet computer virus that attacked computers in Iran's main nuclear enrichment facilities.
pants3204 wrote:batu731 wrote:It cant' even use LINK16 within US's own military. .
If I'm not mistaken the F-22 can only receive LINK16 but can tx/rx BACN/IFDL/etc
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