Wednesday, July 04, 2018

UAE gets a review of Israeli F-35 operations?

via I24 News.
The Israeli Air Force recently hosted a military delegation from the United Arab Emirates to review operations of the advanced US-made F-35 fighter jets, i24NEWS has learned.An American delegation was also present at the time of the UAE visit, sources told i24NEWS.The extraordinary visit comes as the UAE seeks to purchase its own fleet of the advanced F-35 fighter jets, built by US defense giant Lockheed Martin, and amid reports of a burgeoning Israeli-Gulf alliance against Iran.Hailed as a "game-changer" and a "serious upgrade" by Israeli military experts with a $100 million per plane price-tag, Israel received the first of 50 F-35s purchased from the US in December 2016.Israel is the only country in the Middle East to have the jet, where they are operated by the IAF's Golden Eagle Squadron, based in the Nevatim Air Base in the center of the country.
In May, the Israeli Air Force (IAF) revealed that it has used its the stealth fighters in combat operations, making Israel the first country in the world to carry out an "operational attack" using the aircraft.
Story here. 


What gives?

Either this thing is top secret and has capabilities that will stun and amaze and it should be KEPT secret or its just another fighter and we should sell it to every Tom, Dick and Harry on the planet.

Spectacles like this don't encourage the "game changer" mantra that many spout though.

The UAE has already been told they can't buy it.  Has that changed?  If it has then what does that mean?

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