Israel Plans Upgrade F-35 Stealth Fighter Jet Capability To Launch Attacks On Iran

Israel Plans Upgrade F-35 Stealth Fighter Jet Capability To Launch Attacks On Iran
Israel Upgrade F-35 Stealth Fighter Jet Capability

International Military - For its ambition to attack Iran's nuclear sites, Israel is upgrading its F-35 stealth fighter jet. The advanced fighter jet will be made capable of carrying out combat missions to the Islamic Republic of Iran without requiring aerial refueling.

In addition, the F-35 will also be made capable of carrying a new one-ton bomb payload without compromising its stealth radar signature. This ongoing upgrade of the Israeli Air Force (IAF) is fueled by Iran's ongoing nuclear program. The main Jewish state has always feared that Tehran could produce bombs that would eventually be used to attack Israel.

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The new bomb created by Rafael Advanced Weapons Systems is said to be autonomous and protected against jamming systems and electronic warfare. The bomb was recently used in testing the IAF, the results of which were presented to Secretary of Defense Benny Gantz.

The IAF has conducted four large-scale simulated attacks on Iran over the past month. The first exercises included confronting Iran's radar and detection systems, such as protecting its nuclear installations.

The second includes simulations of long-haul flights in this case to destinations in Europe. Other exercises include defensive measures against cyber weapons and electronic warfare systems, which could be used by Iran for Israeli military operations.

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News of the upgrade to the F-35 Adir stealth fighter jet comes just a day after Prime Minister Naftali Bennett told the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee that Israel's strategy towards Iran had changed in the last year.

"Act against the head of the gun, as we have done in recent years," he said. During recent military maneuvers, the IAF also trained in cooperation between fifth-generation fighter jets such as the F-35 and fourth-generation fighters such as Israel's older F-15 and F-16 models.

The planes practice intelligence sharing, missions, and more. "Iran's surface-to-air missile and radar systems are overcrowded and that's not the only challenge," an Israeli defense official said, as quoted by the Jerusalem Post, Thursday (9/6/2022).

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“We have to be able to hit a significant target and the attack has to be able to cause extensive damage. There are many targets in Iran at different distances."

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