Stealth of F-35 strengthens alliances and worries potential foes as plane seen as direct threat to Iran

Reported stealth capabilities of the F-35 help change the political balance and transform alliances in the Middle East -- all without firing a shot.

F 35 18 July 2019

WASHINGTON – No conversation about the world’s massive political and economic changes since 2015 is complete without mentioning the F-35 joint strike fighter, developed by Lockheed Martin. CNBC reports. Continue reading original article

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18 July 2019 -- That became even clearer this week thanks to a statement by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in response to Iran’s provocative moves in the Persian Gulf and other threats from Tehran.

Standing in front of an F-35 stealth jet parked at an Israeli Air Force base, Netanyahu barely held back a smile as he said that Israel can reach Iran, but Iran cannot reach Israel. He didn’t add the words “undetected by radar,” but it was surely implied.

To understand why that soundbite with the visual backdrop was more than just bluster, you have trace the F-35's incredible history in the Middle East over the past four years.

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John Keller, chief editor
Military & Aerospace Electronics

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