F-35 Sees First Combat. Nothing Can Touch It.
The F-35 has seen its first combat missions. The stealth fighters have been shipped to numerous U.S. allies, and now Israel has flown the jets in combat on two fronts. While this is hardly a test, the F-35 is performing admirably. Reports from the Israeli Air Force indicate that the F-35 has faced extraordinary resistance, and that nothing has come close to the abilities of their new jets.
“Major-General Amikam Norkin said Israel is operating the fighter planes ‘all over the Middle East’ and have used them in attacks on two different fronts – believed to be Syria and Lebanon,” the Daily Mail writes.
“Maj. Gen. Norkin claimed that the planes had come under fire in Syria, but had been able to avoid ‘100 ground to air missiles’.”
Maj. Gen. Norkin’s comments came in a talk he gave to more “the chiefs of 20 foreign air forces” that met in Israel this week.
“The Iranians fired 32 rockets, we intercepted four of them and the rest fell outside Israeli territory,” he said. “In our response attack, more than 100 ground to air missiles were fired at our planes.”
The F-35 is currently in service with the U.S, UK, Italy, Netherlands, Turkey, Australia, Norway, Denmark, Canada, Israel, Japan, and South Korea.
Each plane costs $94.3million.
During his talk, he showed a photograph of an Israeli F-35 over Beirut. The Iranian missiles were fired from Syria after Israel led an attack on the Golan Heights.
Israel and Iran signed a disengagement agreement after a brief war in 1973, but the two countries are again trading blows.
“The Israeli military accuses Iran of moving medium-range rockets and launchers into Syria, which could be used to strike Israel,” DM notes. “It also accuses Iran of attempting to fly drones over its territory, saying that several have been shot down.”
Israel has been engaging with Iran more openly after tracing Iranian arms to Hezbollah guerrillas in Lebanon. Israel has also been active in the fight against Islamist militants in Northern Africa.