Israeli F-35I “Adir” Entered Iranian Airspace For The First Time In History

F-35Is at Nevatim Air Force Base in southern Israel. (Source: Israeli Air Force)

For the first time in history, two Israeli Air Force’s F-35I “Adir” also known as the “strong one” have entered in the Iranian airspace proving all the critics of Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighters wrong. Israel sent F-35 to Iranian airspace four days after it declared that the IDF will reassess its operational readiness and align its air combat requirements in the region.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stands in front of an F-35 fighter jet at the Israeli Air Force’s Nevatim base in southern Israel, undated (Amos Ben Gershom/GPO)

On July 9 2019, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Tehran that Israel’s F-35 fighter jets can reach “anywhere in the Middle East,” following threats against Israel in recent weeks by senior Iranian officials.

“Lately, Iran has been threatening Israel with destruction,” Netanyahu said, standing in front of an F-35 Adir jet during a visit to the Nevatim Air Force Base in the south. “It should remember that these planes can reach every place in the Middle East, including Iran, and of course also Syria.”

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Israeli Air Force previously bombed Iraqi and Syrian nuclear reactors using F-16s fighters. Israel often modifies American-made fighter jets to suit its operational requirements. Both F-16 and F-35 are manufactured by Lockheed Martin with additional Israeli-made software and hardware fitted into the fighter jets. The F-35I “Adir in Hebrew” is the most advanced derivative of F-35 fighter jets delivered to any NATO and non-NATO countries.

Two of the key features that make the F-35 the most advanced fifth generation fighter ever produced that the F-35 can venture into enemy airspace without turning on its crown jewel active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar, use distributed aperture systems to colloborate with nearby fighters and AEW&C and simultaneously use AN/ASQ-239 electronic warfare to suppress enemy air defefense systems.

Israel has the technology and the means to deliver bombs on top of Iranian nuclear reactors and safely returns home. Most importantly, Israel has the will to deter Iran becomes a nuclear proliferator and a threat to global peace like North Korea.

As of December 2020, the only combat-ready stealth aircraft in service are the Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit (1997), the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor (2005) and the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II (2015) with a number of other countries developing their own designs.

About a day ago, two Israeli F-35 fighters entered Iranian airspace undetected, taking advantage of a massive cyberattack on the energy systems of the Islamic republic. It is with this that the sounds of the air raid that swept across the country are connected. Apparently, the Israeli Air Force’s fighters were carefully planned, however, the IAF F-35 didn’t engage direct conflict with ground-based air defense systems and Iranian fighter jets, apparently preparing for a series of large-scale strikes on the territory of the Islamic republic, learned GDC citing Arab news.

Iran officially denies the appearance of Israeli combat aircraft in the skies over the Islamic Republic of Iran, emphasizing that the latter would probably have been spotted, however, it is quite remarkable that not long before this, several Israeli fighters were seen in the sky over Jordan with an unknown target.

 The IDF does not officially comment on the information that has appeared, however, if the Iranian military really missed the appearance of Israeli F-35s in their airspace, then this could become a very serious problem for Iran.

Quite strange is the fact that just a few days before the incident, Iran transferred S-300 complexes to its western airbases, which does not exclude the possibility that Russian-made S-300 failed to detect stealth fighter jets.

Last year, Washington officials said that U.S. military cyber forces launched a strike against Iranian military computer systems, as President Donald Trump backed away from plans for a more conventional military strike in response to Iran’s downing of a U.S. surveillance drone in the strategic Persian Gulf.

Tensions rose further after a U.S. airstrike killed a top Iranian general at Baghdad’s airport in January. Iran retaliated with a ballistic missile strike on Iraqi bases housing American troops, wounding dozens of U.S. troops.

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