Tuesday, December 13, 2016

USA, Israel and The F-35

According to many, there's some unique and super-advanced Israeli technology in the   F-35s, which are now part of the Israeli Air force.

Jack Crisler, the Vice President of the F-35 Business Development and Strategy Integration at Lockheed Martin, praised the F-35 fighter plane and the Israeli technology it incorporates at the inaugural ceremony marking Israel's acquisition of its first F-35s. (Arutz 7)
There was a time in our technological "Camelot," when we in Israel thought we  had a real chance to play in the big time league of advanced fighter plane development with the Lavi, instead of just "tweaking" American planes.

 the Lavi

A multi-role fighter. The Lavi never did make it to operational service, but nonetheless forms an important milestone in the development of the IAF, and even more so - of the IAI. The independent development of a state-of-the-art plane was a first in the annals of Israeli technology. True - the IAI had previously produced the Nesher, Kfir and Tzukit, but those had essentially been upgrades - whereas this was a plane planned and manufactured in Israel from scratch.

The Lavi was intended to become the IAF's standard-bearer and Israel's first line plane. It was to be one of the world's most advanced planes at the turn of the millennium...


Shiloh said...

And the Americans did not have a "kill" switch on the Lavi. How could we be so stupid?

Hadassa said...

I'll let the experts speak about the dangers of relying on the F35: http://israelbehindthenews.com/elements-israel-cant-repair-f-35-triggers-conceptual-overhaul-israel-air-force/15434/?utm_source=wysija&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=ibn-today

Batya said...

Yisrael batach baHashem

Rami said...

The story behind the Lavi was covered in detail under the book that was published on the program earlier this year. The program's cancellation devastated Israel's aerospace industry, and left Israel vulnerable to the whims of U.S. politicians.

The author of the book also published a detailed blog on the subject, for those who might not have read the book:

Batya said...