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With the threat of a conflict with Iran looming, the Israeli air force has augmented its fleet of KC-707 (“Re’em”) aerial refueling aircraft with an eighth tanker, bolstering the strike capacity the country would have if it tries to undertake a raid on Teheran’s nuclear facilities.
The $23-million contract to reconfigure the aircraft was awarded to Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) in late 2008, as part of a strategic effort to rapidly enhance the country’s long-range strike capabilities.
“Many of the air force’s current missions require extended range and that means more fuel,” Lt. Col. Amir, commander of the IAF’s 120 “International” squadron told Aviation Week &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp; Space Technology (for security reasons, Israel does not release last names of operational personnel). Refusing to discuss specific strike scenarios, he added: “I can gladly say that as an organization we have come to a point where we are ready to perform any mission in any range within a very short notice.”
Iran’s nuclear facilities and the conflict such a strike would likely unleash have become the IAF’s primary mission in recent years. As such, IAF fighter squadrons are constantly training in aerial refueling scenarios.
For the last two decades, Israel has been developing its strategic arm by procuring fighter aircraft with long-range strike capabilities, such as the F‑15I and F-16I. Last year, it also qualified its two squadrons of F-15A/B/C/D air-superiority aircraft to carry out ground-attack missions. However, notes Amir, “aerial refueling will allow any fighter, regardless of its range, to carry more munitions instead of fuel.”
A general who was once in charge of Israel’s nuclear weapons has claimed that Iran is a “very, very, very long way from building a nuclear capability”.
Originally posted by Agent_USA_Supporter
I can see how a WWIII or IV will happen
Israel makes an strike in iran
+Iran has the back support from Arab League and other middle east nations
after the strike.
+Western Media again support the war on iran give there reasons to public,
the public doesn't buy it, but with overall power the govmerent launch a new war on iran.
Without the public support.
+Russia steps in to defend iran sends over russian 10,000 tanks troops and fighters to iran to defend iran from amercian forces stationed in iraq, as the war goes on. The Israel side are losing alot of there pilots due to anti air battery's.
+Russia has plans to bomb Israel nuclear facilities as a payback for what Israel did to iran.
So what do you ATS are my predictions possible ?
Originally posted by rationaluser
reply to post by DJAghetto
Wow most of this bull# is believable if written into half truths let's see who has the most debt out of Russia and the U.S. well for one Russia doesn't owe trillions to china nor does it have oil interests in Iraq Saudiarabia or Venezuela.
And where did you get the assumption that russia "struggled" with georgia? struggled to keep a straight face more like it with Georgias pathetic "4 plane defense strategy"
better luck next time troll
oh BTW vietnam called they said congrats on losing so many troops to low tech weaponry in iraq....HINT HINT