If you are interested in modern football you have probably heard about the Special One. Mourinho thinks he is special and although you can agree or not he has some skills and achievements in football.
When it comes to countries we also observe a Special One meaning Israel. This is the single country on the planet which has such tight bonds with USA and gets some special treatment.
They get to buy the latest and greatest from USA but many other countries also can do it. The thing which makes it different is the source code. This is the one key feature of every weapon. If you don’t have the source code or a green light to tweak it you have nothing. You can use your weapon but can’t tinker with it, modernize it, upgrade etc. You also can’t copy it 😉 The deal is simple – love it or leave it, but when it comes to Israel the story is a bit different.
The F-35 as the single most expensive project in the military industry gets a special treatment and has a very tight security. This means full source code secrecy but the Special One is… special.
Israel will get a special F-35 equipped with a special suite of test instrumentation. Having it will allow Israel to install home grown equipment on it’s fighters. This has already grown to a small tradition as IAF has tweaked their aircraft for ages – F-16 and F-15 to name the two recent.
This situation is very good for the industry and for the nation. You can build upon great technology, develop your own defense industry and stay in the front of the changes.
It took two years to prepare the specification for this aircraft and the outcome of using it in Israel is supposed to be an enhancement of F-35’s air-to-air and air-to-ground capabilities.
The situation in the countries surrounding Israel is getting more and more complex and F-35I might be a game changer in the region. Adding something extra to the plate is a thing that might strengthen even more the capabilities of the Israeli Air Forces.
One way or the other this is very good news for Israel and their industry. Being independent is always good.