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Israeli air force had attacked Iranian weapons warehouses in Syria

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Two Israeli Air Force F-35 | Photo credit: Fighter Sweep

JERUSALEM, Israel (BulgarianMilitary.com) – Israel officially raised the secrecy curtain that was put on its activities in Syria against Iranian targets, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.

The move confirms a prior report by BulgarianMilitary.com that Israel intends to take care of the “Syrian Problem” by itself, despite the U.S withdrwal.

Read more: Israel intends to take care of the “Syrian Problem” by itself due the US`s decision to withdraw their troops from Syria

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday that Israeli air force had attacked Iranian weapons warehouses in Syria, on Jan 11.

“We worked with impressive success to block Iran’s military entrenchment in Syria,” Netanyahu said at the start of the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem, adding that the Israeli military had struck Iranian and Hezbollah targets “hundreds of times.”

Read more: The Israeli air force has performed an air attack on Iranian targets in Syria

“Just in the last 36 hours, the air force attacked Iranian warehouses with Iranian weapons at the international airport in Damascus,” Netanyahu said. “The accumulation of recent attacks proves that we are determined more than ever to take action against Iran in Syria, just as we promised.”

The admission proves that Israel found the way to attack targets in Syria despite the massive Russian presence in this country, including the deployment of the S-300 systems.

Read more: Israel has used Lebanese airspace to avoid Russian S-300 on yesterday’s attack in Syria (Photos)

After the U.S announcement of the withdrawal of its forces from Syria, Israel has decided to act alone to foil the stream of advanced Iranian made weapons to the Hezbollah in Lebanon via Syria.

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Israel has been attacking new Iranian targets near Damascus in the last 24 hours (video)

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An explosion, reportedly during Israeli airstrikes near Damascus, on January 21, 2019. (screen capture: YouTube)

JERUSALEM, Israel (BulgarianMilitary.com) – An Israeli air force (IAF) Iron Dome battery in northern Israel has intercepted a Syrian missile launched shortly after an alleged attack of Israeli fighter planes on targets near the Damascus international airport on Jan. 20, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.

The Israeli defence forces (IDF) confirmed that a missile was launched at the northern Golan Heights intercepted by Iron Dome over Syrian territory.

Read more: Israeli air force had attacked Iranian weapons warehouses in Syria

The Russian army claims that the IDF fired seven missiles from the Mediterranean into a target at Damascus airport, saying that the missiles were intercepted and that no damage was caused to the airport.

The Syrian Center for Human Rights, an opposition group based in London and a center for reports from Syria, said the site was attacked in the al-Kiswa area, where attacks have already taken place. According to reports, a week and a half ago.

Read more: The Israeli air force has performed an air attack on Iranian targets in Syria

If Israel is behind the incident, it is apparently the first attack in Syria since Chief of Staff Kochavi took office, and the attack took place while Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Benjamin Netanyahu is visiting Chad. The Al Quds Al Arabi newspaper reported on Sunday that Russia had conveyed to Israel a message that it intended to renovate Damascus International Airport with logistical and technical aspects. According to the same source, Russia informed Israel that it would not be able to continue air strikes against sites near the airport to which arms shipments from Iran arrive. According to the Russians, the same attacks are causing airlines from the region who want to return to Syria to reconsider.

Read more: Israel has used Lebanese airspace to avoid Russian S-300 on yesterday’s attack in Syria (Photos)

(Updated 21.01.2019) – Another Israeli attack in Syria in less than 12 hours.

On the night of Jan. 20 Israeli fighter aircraft attacked military targets belonging to the Iranian Quds Force in Syrian territory.

The IDF said that dozens of Syrian surface-to-air missiles were launched during the attack. As a result, a number of Syrian air defense batteries were attacked and destroyed.

The IDF said that this was the heaviest attack on Iranian targets in the Damascus area.

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Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has begun the production of F-35 wing skins

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Lockheed Martin Received a $22.7 Billion F-35 Supply Contract
Photo credit: U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Donald R. Allen/F-35A off the coast of Northwest Florida.

JERUSALEM, Israel (BulgarianMilitary.com) – Israel aerospace industries (IAI) has begun the production of F-35 wing skins, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.

The new production line was set up following Lockheed Martin’s decision to expand the skins’ production IAI board has approved the construction of the new production line in 2015.

Read more: Lockheed Martin Received a $22.7 Billion F-35 Supply Contract

The 20-year program is expected to yield revenues of hundreds of millions of dollars, with shipments expected from the beginning of 2019. The first shipments will be of some 700 kits with potential for additional orders at a later stage.

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The skins will be manufactured by means of innovative technology called Automatic Fiber Placement (AFP) that comprises layers of composite materials. The layers consist of 3-mm threads that become a cohesive unit, thus forming the special wing skin that provides them with the stealth capability.

The establishment of the new production line constitutes a significant improvement of IAI’s automation and robotics capabilities, allowing it to become a key player in the military and commercial aero structures field.

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IAI has been manufacturing F-35 wings for some years. The initial order was for 811 pairs of wings and since then “a few dozens have been added ” an IAI source said. He added that deliveries of the F-35 wings are on schedule.

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The U.S. Army will purchase two Israeli Iron Dome rocket defence systems

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JERUSALEM, Israel (BulgarianMilitary.com) – The U.S. Army has decided to purchase two Israeli made Iron Dome rocket defence systems. The acquisition is defined as urgent and the systems will be supplied next year, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.

The Iron Dome has been demonstrated in the U.S. two years ago. Since then U.S. experts visited the Israeli deployed batteries and examined the actual intercepts of the system, mainly of rockets launched from Gaza.

Read more: The Israeli Navy Will Integrate Rafael’s C-Dome Defense System

The U.S. Army has asked the Congress to approve a $ 373 million budget for the purchase of two batteries of Rafael’s successful interception system.

The urgent acquisition plan is based on the need to protect U.S. forces around the world from rockets used mainly by terror organizations.

Iron Dome is a mobile all-weather air defence system, developed by Rafael Advanced Defence Systems. The system is designed to intercept and destroy short-range rockets and artillery shells fired from distances of 2.5 mi to 43 mi away and whose trajectory would take them to a populated area.

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Israel hopes to increase the range of Iron Dome’s interceptions.

The effort is also intended to make it more versatile so that it could intercept rockets coming from two directions simultaneously.

In recent clashes in the Gaza region the Iron Dome achieved a kill rate of over 85%.

In 2014, Raytheon began providing a second source of subcomponents for the Iron Dome’s Tamir missile.

Each battery includes three to four stationary launchers with 20 Tamir missiles and a battlefield radar. Tamir missiles feature electro-optical sensors and steering fins with proximity fuze blast warheads.

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Each of the Iron Dome batteries can defend up to nearly 60 square miles, but the systems are strategically placed around cities to intercept threats headed toward populated areas and ignore those fired at uninhabited regions.

The Iron Dome Weapon System is a key part of Israeli multi-layered defence, providing the lowest layer of its air and missile defence system.

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The new Tavor 7 is battle-ready and has real potential for European and Asian markets

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JERUSALEM, Israel (BulgarianMilitary.com) – Armed forces in Western and Eastern Europe are showing interest in the TAVOR7 the new version of the assault rifle developed by Israel Weapons Industries (IWI), learned BulgarianMilitary.com.

A company official revealed that the new version is being evaluated by what he referred to as “Armed Forces” in Western and Eastern European countries but refused to reveal more details.

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The growing operational demands of armies brought Israel weapon industries (IWI) to develop a new family of assault rifles that will replace other assault rifles and mainly the U.S made M-16 that through the years, became some sort of standard for many armies including the Israeli defence forces (IDF)

In Israel the operational need became urgent during the first Lebanon war in 1982. After this war, many lessons have been learned – one was the need for a new personal weapon that will fit the type of war the IDF and other armies fight. The result is the TAVOR family of assault rifles.

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According to Shlomi Sabag, IWI’s CEO the IWI TAVOR 7 7.62×51 enables users from the military and law enforcement markets to operate in a wide variety of scenarios at short and medium range with enhanced firepower – efficiently, safely and with only minimal maintenance.

The TAVOR 7 is a fully ambidextrous platform on which the ejection side and the charging handle can be switched quickly and easily from side to side by the user. The ambidextrous features include: safety lever, magazine release.

The new Tavor 7 is battle-ready and has real potential for European and Asian markets
Tavor 7 by IWI | Photo credit: IWI

The IWI TAVOR 7 also includes a Picatinny rail, to allow the use of multiple devices and accessories. The rifle’s body is built from high-strength, impact-modified polymer, and has a hammer-forged, chrome-lined, free-floating barrel for enhanced accuracy and life cycle.

The rifle has an overall length of 28.4″ (723 mm) and a weight without a magazine of 9lbs (4.1 Kg).

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Due to the dynamic changes in the battlefield and the necessity of a potent 7.62mm cartridge weapon with superior performance, granting the troops an innovative, powerful, accurate and reliable weapon that can be rapidly and easily deployed in all combat situations- IWI created the TAVOR 7 7.62X51mm Assault Rifle.

TAVOR 7 is a bullpup configuration system – rear center of gravity enabling a rapid acquisition of the target and providing the ability to fire the weapon with only one hand.

Furthermore, due to the bullpup configuration, the weapon’s overall length can be significantly reduced without modifying the barrel length, allowing maneuverability in CQB / confined spaces and at the same time, being lethal for long ranges.

TAVOR 7 is a battle-ready innovative weapon, built to be durable and robust, designed in close collaboration with the IDF to create a weapon with outstanding performance and accuracy in all environmental conditions with enhanced human ergonomics.

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According to the company, TAVOR 7 is made of superior steel and high strength impact modified polymer; it has a rotating bolt system ensuring maximum safety for the user.

TAVOR 7 can be easily adapted, depending on the operational requirements, military or law enforcement tasks – vehicle patrol & use, CQB & confined spaces, under cover missions – short and medium combat engagement, custom police operations, VIP protection, etc.
Ronen Hamudot VP marketing of IWI said that there are additional potential markets in Asia. In 2017, the Israeli company has opened a production site in India. The is as part of a joint venture with Indian defence conglomerate Punj Lloyd.

The prior versions of the TAVOR assault rifle are the standard weapon of the Israeli defence forces (IDF) infantry units. It has replaced the U.S made F-16.

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