According to Israeli media reports, Israel has entered a higher phase of readiness to strike at Iran’s nuclear facilities. This comes with the development of upgraded capabilities and intensive training.
The Israeli Air Force conducted four drills simulating an attack on Iran last month to test different elements of the strike plans.
At the same time, Israeli engineers achieved a major technological breakthrough, allowing F-35 aircraft to fly back and forth to Iran without refueling.
The stealth aircraft is expected to play a key role in a strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities, destroying air defenses and performing other vital tasks.
The Israeli Air Force has also developed a one-tonne heavy bomb that will be included in the arsenal of weapons used by F-35s (known to the IAF as “Adir”). This bomb can be carried inside the aircraft’s weapon interior without compromising its stealth signature on enemy radar.
The bomb is made by Rafael Advanced Weapons Systems and is said to be autonomous and can be protected from interference and cyber warfare systems. The bomb was recently used in a series of IAF tests, the results of which were presented to Secretary of Defense Benny Gantz.
In 2019, Lockheed Martin was considering adding two 600-gallon outer fuel tanks under the F-35’s wings as part of a larger range expansion study. This would have a significant effect on stealth characteristics but would increase the total fuel capacity by about 40 percent. Prior to that, studies had examined the addition of smaller tanks of 480 and 460 gallons. It seems that this problem has now been solved.
Earlier, a senior official revealed that Israel had significantly increased the list of possible targets for an attack inside Iran.
The 4 Scenarios of the large scale Israeli Exercises
The IAF has conducted four large-scale exercises to simulate attacks on Iran in the past month.
The first exercise involved dealing with Iranian radar and tracking and early warning systems, such as those protecting its nuclear facilities.
The second involved the simulation of long-range combat flights. In this case it was achieved with destinations in Europe.
The other exercises included defensive measures against Iranian cyber attacks and electronic warfare systems, which could be used by Iran to undermine an Israeli military operation.
In another exercise, the Israelis simulated strike operations against numerous targets, in short periods of time and at a distance of 1,100 miles. Advanced weapons were used to accurately attack F-15 and F-35 aircraft. In particular, the IDF for the needs of the exercise took off almost 100 fighter jets from Israeli bases.
The Israeli Air Force has also been training rescuers who flee militarily away from the state border – including being forced to land in the middle of the sea.
The Israeli Air Force has reportedly been able to integrate full co-operation between fifth-generation and fourth- and fourth-generation aircraft into the exercise, allowing for real-time division of tasks, information transfer and other classified missions, they said. security officials.
“Iran’s radar sites and anti-aircraft missiles are crowded and numerous – but they are not the only challenge. They must attack goals with content and meaning. The attack should be able to cause enormous damage without expanding. “There are several targets in Iran, in different ranges.”
“Israel’s strategy has changed – We will hit the ‘head” “
The news of progress in Israel’s military readiness came just a day after Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett told the Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee that the strategy for Iran had changed over the past year. The Armed Forces “will strike the head… and not only in the arms transfers as we have had in recent years”.
During recent military maneuvers, the IAF has also opened cooperation between fifth-generation fighter jets such as the F-35 and fourth-generation aircraft such as Israel’s older F15 and F-16 models. The planes practiced the exchange of information, missions and much more.
“Iran’s missile systems and surface-to-air radars are full and are not the only challenge, ” a defense official said. “ We must be able to attack targets that are important and the attack must be able to cause extensive damage. “There are many targets in Iran of different ranges.”
Iran: Removed 27 IAEA cameras from nuclear facilities
Iran has informed the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) of the “removal of 27 cameras” to monitor its nuclear activities , responding to a decision critical of Tehran, the agency said.
The measure “naturally poses a serious obstacle to our ability to continue working there, ” IAEA Director-General Rafael Grossi told a news conference in Vienna.
The IAEA, which oversees Tehran’s nuclear activities to ensure that Iran’s nuclear program is peaceful, can continue inspections and has other tools, but Tehran’s decision means “less transparency, more doubt.” Rafael Grossi explained.
” Does that mean we have reached the end of the road?” I hope not. “We hope that the spirits will ease a little and we will be able to focus again on the problems to be solved,” he added, calling on Iran to resume dialogue.
If the engagement persists after three or four weeks, “the IAEA will no longer be able to provide the information it needs to develop Iran’s nuclear program,” Grossi warned.
This “will deal a fatal blow” to the 2015 international agreement, which provides for the curtailment of Tehran’s nuclear activities in exchange for easing the regime of international sanctions against Iran.