Pentagon Halts Israeli Fighter Jet Bid


Liberalman
Free Thinker
#1
Americans are at it again this is how Canada lost the Avro Arrow

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/132228

(IsraelNN.com) A scandal has arisen out of the United States military establishment after Pentagon pressure on Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) to withdraw from a massive aircraft tender for the Indian Air Force leaves competing American aerospace companies in prime position to win it.
On the table: a $12 billion Indian Ministry of Defense tender for 126 multi-role combat aircraft (MRCA) for the Indian Air Force.

In a bid to win the tender, IAI was offered a partnership with Sweden's Saab AB to jointly develop an advanced model of the JAS-39 Gripen jet fighter. Israel was to build the electronic systems for the craft, including communications, electronic warfare and radar systems.
The Pentagon contacted Israel's Ministry of Defense, ordering them to force IAI out of contention, citing concerns that Israel would integrate American technology into the fighter jets.
However, two of the remaining four bidders are American companies, leaving Israeli officials speculating that the actual reason for the demand was America's interest in winning the bid without having to compete by lowering prices, according to Israeli officials quoted in Israeli media
Lockheed Martin's F-16 and Boeing's F-18 Hornet are still in the running, as well as Russia's MiG-35 and the UK's BAE Eurofighter.
The United States has a history of intervening to thwart Israeli military contracts, to America's benefit. Last summer, Israel's defense establishment backed down from a $500 million Turkish tank tender in order not to compete with the Americans.
In 2006, the IAI lost a $2 billion South Korean Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) tender after the US imposed technological and commercial restrictions, which prevented Israel from meeting the terms of the tender.
In 2003, the US opposed a $1 billion AWACS contract between Israel and India, citing India's stance against the US war in Iraq. The US offered Israel $1 billion in US military goods to back down from the agreement. However, Israeli officials speculated that the US may have opposed the deal for commercial reasons.
 
TenPenny
#2
But I thought that Israel ran the US?
 
#juan
No Party Affiliation
#3
Wouldn't you think that with all the U.S. money that is showered on Israel every year, that Israel would have simply bought a U,S. built fighter rather than upsetting the applecart with this plan to build their own?
 
petros
#4
US and Canada have a lot of usd jets going on the market when the F-35 goes into production.

Israel also has a nasty habit of shady arms deals to nations that really shouldn't be armed. They are a bigger wildcard in the arms game than Russia leaving some trust issues.

The US really went to bat for Israel and lied through their teeth about the Gerorgia trying their hand at ethnic cleansing in Osettia and blamed Russia.

Israeli arms and 30 paid consultants were brokered to Georgia to back that ethnic cleansing by Israel.

That was sheer stupidity to go and pull the bear's whiskers especially during the Olympic ritual when wars normally take a a cease fire and let their best demi-gods battle for pride instead of blood.
 
normbc9
Conservative
#5
Isn't it amazing what the US industrial machine can maipulate. I'm confused especially when then sent much of the US technology off shore to begin with. What are they trying to do now? Preserve what they have left?
 
coldstream
#6
The Indian might be better off with the F 35, which is a much more flexible design, especially for Indian needs, which call for a lot of close order combat support with the ability to position aircraft close to battlefields in the mountainous northern region of the country.

Israel get $3B a year in U.S. military aid. They are not going to aggravate the Americans, since the Democrats are much less sympathetic to them than the Republicans. The Evangelical lobby, which sees Israel as the prophetic sign of the imminent Apocalypse, is in disarray... hence they've lost their most important ally in the U.S... for continuing to build settlements in the West Bank and brutally repress the Palistinian nationalism.

The Israelis are well aware of this and won't be looking for a fight on this.
Last edited by coldstream; Jul 6th, 2009 at 02:15 PM..
 
Colpy
Conservative
#7
Quote: Originally Posted by TenPenny View Post

But I thought that Israel ran the US?

Thank you, TenPenny....I am forever in your debt. LOL
 
petros
#8
Quote: Originally Posted by coldstream View Post

The Indians might be better off with the F 35, which is a much more flexible design, especially for Indian needs, which call for a lot of close order combat support with the ability to position aircraft close to battlefields in the mountainous northern region of the country.

India has very very good pilots. In a competition a couples years back they were flying circles around the Western NATO pilots in MiG 25s.

Will be interesting to see how they do with new tech.
 

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