Israel to get F22 stealth bomber?

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Israel to get F22 stealth bomber?

Looks like America is about to allow sale of the worlds most advanced fighter to Israel for the War on Terror.

The United States may supply Israel with the most advanced stealth fighter jet in the world – the F22 Raptor – considering the war in Lebanon and the Iranian threat, the Israeli security establishment has assessed.

The US has not yet exported the F22 to any of its allies. Recently, however, the House of Representatives lifted its nine year ban on the sale of the advanced jet outside the United States.

US officials have apparently hinted to Israel lately that as part of American efforts in the international war on the “axis of evil,” the US would offer Israel to buy the stealth fighter.

The price of each F22 is roughly USD 150 million. Lockheed Martin wanted to export the plane to American allies, but up until now it was barred by the US government from offering them for sale.

The Israeli Air Force enthusiastically welcomed reports that the stealth jet could come to Israel. The F22 Raptor is the most advanced warplane in the world and is almost undetectable to radar systems. The plane’s stealth is achieved through the combination of its shape, color, composite materials, and various installed systems.

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By netchicken: posted on 12-11-2006

I dont think the Israelis will buy more than a dozen even if they are discounted heavily by the US!

It just doesnt suit their needs. Plus it would be ludicrious for them to use that to bomb the likes of Hizbullah and Iran. This was developed to take out more respectable foe.

The high cost of production might have tempted the pentagon to think of this. I doubt they will give it to everybody with all the shiny nobs.
By IAF: posted on 13-11-2006

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