Thanks to Empser for the link!
via Air Forces Monthly.
Georges Malbrunot, who writes for French newspaper Le Figaro, cited French intelligence sources. He posted on Twitter today that examples of the Israeli F-35 – two of which have been delivered to the country to date – took part in a raid over Syrian territory on the night of January 12-13. The mission saw them strike objectives around the capital, Damascus.Forget the talk about the F-35. The US software is a mess and if the Israeli's have worked out their own code that works like a champ it still doesn't matter (unless they sell it to Lockheed Martin) because the US won't allow them to sell it to other F-35 users.
According to Malbrunot, the F-35s targeted warehouses containing Russian-made Pantsir-S1 mobile surface-to-air missile (SAM) systems that Israel feared could be delivered from Syria to Hezbollah forces operating in Lebanon. The warehouse was located at Mezzeh, a military airfield in Damascus.
During the same attack, the Israeli Air Force (IAF) also reportedly destroyed an S-300 SAM battery deployed near the Syrian presidential palace, on Mount Qassioun. According to the same unnamed French intelligence source quoted by Malbrunot, the F-35 aircraft finally overflew the palace of Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad, before returning to Israel.
Malbrunot provided a final quote from an unnamed soldier, explaining that: ‘With the Pantsir, Hezbollah ensures that the Israeli Air Force is almost totally unable to operate over Lebanon.’
Providing the account is true, it seems unlikely that Israel would admit the use of F-35s at this stage. However, in the past the IAF has been quick to put new assets into combat if required for specific missions – and the continued effort to prevent advanced weapons landing in Hezbollah hands may fit that remit.
If they used US code then they used it to fly straight and level and drop a couple of bombs on fixed sites. I'm not so sure I buy that they used the plane. It's an interesting story but everyone is missing the REAL news here. Check out the quote from the unnamed soldier...
‘With the Pantsir, Hezbollah ensures that the Israeli Air Force is almost totally unable to operate over Lebanon.’That's a crazy powerful statement.
If we are to believe the F-35 part of the story (and I don't) then what should have everyone going nuts is the last part!
A French official is stating that a Russian anti-air system can in essence nullify the mighty Israeli Air Force...in essence provide a terror group with an anti-access/area denial ability?
Is the Pantsir that good? I don't know but I need to find out!