Egypt near starvation. OBAMA sends weapons

July 13, 2013

Egypt is down to a less-than-two-month supply of wheat, but that doesn’t disturb the Hussein Obama administration. They’re sending F-16’s to Egypt instead. The US officials say Washington will deliver four F-16 fighter jets in the next few weeks. They are part of an already agreed bigger order of 20 planes – eight of which were sent to Egypt in January. The final eight are expected to be shipped later this year. White House spokesman Jay Carney on Wednesday reiterated that it would not be “in the best interests of the United States to make immediate changes to our assistance programmes”. He added that the administration would take its time to consider the implications of removing Mr Morsi from power. US military aid to Egypt is estimated to be $1.3bn (£860m) each year.


US sending F-16s to Muslim Brotherhood

January 15, 2013

(EOZ)(Al Ahram) A consignment of F-16 jet fighters to Cairo from Washington during the next few weeks has stirred up yet another hornet’s nest in Egypt’s fraught political atmosphere. In the opinion of many observers, the controversy over the deal is a thoroughly political one, as the additional fighter planes will do little to alter strategic balances of power in the region. It is unlikely that similar arms deals during the Mubarak era would have aroused such an altercation. The new factor, of course, is the Muslim Brotherhood’s rise to power, which has worried political circles in both capitals.

While Israel will still hold a qualitative edge in air power, this upgrade of Egypt’s air force by the US at a time when Egypt’s leadership is still oscillating between acting responsibly and extremist Islamism seems very premature. It is effectively a US endorsement of Morsi, a man who only two years ago was shouting anti-semitic slogans.
The $213 million gift also includes 200 Abrams tanks, perfect for use at Tahrir Square.
Here is an (Arabic) video just made by an Egyptian contrasting Morsi’s seeming liberalism when talking to CNN and his anti-semitism when speaking in Arabic, saying that “we must teach our children to hate the Jews” (no translation yet, sorry):Ironically, this decision by the US to trust Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood comes right after the US-trained troops in Mali defected to Al Qaeda with their US-supplied guns and other equipment.


Report: Iranian drone fed live pictures of Dimona, preps for US-Israel anti-missile exercise

October 14, 2012
(Carl) From the beginning of the story regarding the Iranian drone that was shot down over the Northern Negev last Saturday, I said that if the IDF was telling the truth, the incident did not sound too serious, but if they were not telling the whole truth….

The Times of London is reporting in Sunday’s editions (behind a paywall) that the Iranian drone flew over Israel for more than three hours before it was shot down, and sent back to Iran live pictures of Israel’s Dimona nuclear reactor and of preparations for the US-Israel joint anti-missile exercise.

The three-hour drone flight was initially downplayed by Israeli officials red-faced over the shocking breach of their airspace.

Even the drone’s ultimate interception by an F-16 jet was botched — it took two tries for the pilot to down the unmanned plane.

An Israeli defense source blamed the drone’s infiltration on its “unfamiliar stealth elements.”

An Israeli military observer asked: “How could we defend this country from thousands of rockets and missiles if we can’t block a single Iranian drone?”

The drone is said to have been a new Shahed-129, unveiled by Tehran last month. It has a range of up to 1,200 miles and a flight duration of 24 hours.

Hezbollah vowed to continue drone surveillance flights.

Sheik Hassan Nasrallah, a Hezbollah leader, said in a televised address that the drone was built in Iran, launched in Lebanon, and conducted a reconnaissance of “sensitive and important locations.”

He claimed the Dimona nuclear facility in the Negev desert was one of the sites it overflew.

Hezbollah’s TV station broadcast animated footage detailing the drone’s flight, saying it flew south over the Mediterranean, avoiding detection by Israeli radar before reaching the Gaza Strip.

The drone appears to have flown unseen over Gaza before proceeding to the Negev, where it was shot down. The aircraft had traveled 200 miles, the station claimed.

JPost adds:

Nasrallah claimed the Ayoub drone was designed and manufactured in Iran and assembled in Lebanon, denying reports that the drone was a Russian design.

The Hezbollah leader said the drone was sent as a response to what he referred to as Israel’s violations of Lebanese airspace since 2006.

“This flight was not our first will not be our last, and we give assurances we can reach any point we want. We have the right to dispatch recon planes over occupied Palestine at any time,” Nasrallah said.

But at least one expert is unconcerned

Hezbollah has been flying drones over Israel for years, said Micah Zenko of the Council on Foreign Relations, who specializes in drone technology proliferation and the Middle East.

“That it happened again is absolutely insignificant,” he said.

He described Nasrallah’s comments as blustering and largely empty.

“Israel usually tracks these drones as they come across the border and often doesn’t bother to shoot them down,” Zenko said. “They just want to see what Hezbollah thinks it can do.”

Drones like the one shot down on Saturday cannot even be piloted until someone has “line control” of the device, or is at least within 50 kilometers of it, he said.

“To call them rinky-dink would be polite,” he said. “The drones that Iranians display at airshows or that they tout for sale, defense industry press people describe them as crude.”

These drones don’t have “hard points,” or brackets, on which ammunition can be fixed, Zenko said, but they do have the ability to conduct surveillance. It’s unclear if the Iranians have drones that can do surveillance in real time, he added.

That’s easy for him to say. He’s thousands of miles away….


US to Sell F-16 to Egypt in Grapel Deal

October 28, 2011
(INN) Yazal told the Bethlehem-based Ma’an news agency early Thursday that the U.S. agreed to the price during negotiations for Ilan’s release — a deal that had been rejected by Washington during the Mubarak years in order to maintain the balance of military power in the region. Israel is being seen as having been the main obstacle to the deal in the past however, having objected to the U.S. selling the F-16 to Egypt because it would equalize Cairo’s aerial capabilities with those of the IAF. However, Israel’s resistance to the sale has since diminished due to the development of the F-35, which Israel is set to receive within the next five years, and which will once again upgrade the IAF’s regional military superiority. Israel will spend more than $200 million per F-35i fighter aircraft, according to Defense Industry Daily. Delivery of the aircraft is not expected, however, until at least 2016.

What is the incentive for Arab governments to not do this anymore? Progressive ASSHATS like Zuckerberg’s sister Randi was in Dubai during the period of the Hamas assassination for example. When Left wing Jewish youth start believing the social media hype about peace and stuff, how many murderers will Israel have to let go of next time?

The US on Thursday denied reports that they agreed to sell an F-16 fighter plane to Egypt in connection with the release of Ilan Grapel.

Turkey has reclassified all Israeli ‘targets’ as hostile on its American-supplied F-16 fighter planes.

September 13, 2011

Turkey has reclassified all Israeli ‘targets’ as hostile on its American-supplied F-16 fighter planes. The orders to do so came directly from Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Turkey has developed a new radar system for its US-made F-16 fighter jets that will allow them to fire at Israeli targets, Ankara’s Star Gazete reported on Tuesday. The orders to modify the system reportedly came directly from Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s office.
The new radar system – Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) – is a defensive command and control system developed by Turkey’s Military Electronics Industry (ASELSAN) for the nation’s air force and navy. It is slated to replace a similar US version which is in use today.
The US system is comprised of lists of “friends” and “foes.” The system’s settings are designed to prevent pilot error as well, to an extent, disabling the ability to fire at “friendly” targets even by mistake. The US system identified Israel as a ‘friend,’ thus preventing Turkish fighter jets from firing at them automatically.
The new system, however, allows Turkey control the “friend or foe” list independently.
The Turkish IFF system is scheduled to be mounted on all Turkish fighter jets, military vessels and submarines in the near future.

How odd it is that the Israelis can’t update their planes software systems without U.S. approval and yet the Turks can.