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IDF plans for more junk

IDF lacks money for training and basic maintenance, but Asheknazi’s budget proposal includes purposeless high-ticket items like missile ships and stealth fighters, too expensive to risk in battles and lacking adequate Arab adversaries.
Arab enemies embark on a different strategy, buying just good enough Russian MIG-29 and 31 at 20% the cost of hyper-expensive F-35 eyed by the IDF. United Arab Emirates also ordered F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and uniquely received friend-or-foe modification codes; IDF won’t know whether it is fighting its own or Arab F-35.
IDF moves toward the politically correct no-friendly-casualties war with production of Namer APC based on Merkava tank platform. Too heavy and costly, with limited operational lifespan, Namer will somewhat better protect the troops. Israel abandons her original emphasis on mobility and efficiency.
IDF will purchase Littoral Navy ships – which even the US Navy eventually refused due to rampant costs. Lockheed Martin pushes Littoral to Israeli buyers.

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Yes, the IDF officers love high-tech toys.
If those toys were put to good use, then maybe they would be worth the price.
Right now it seems like they’re just eager to play with them.

I say let them buy a miniature Raptor, and if they wanna feel how it is to actually fly one – buy some simulators. They would be cheaper.

Erick S 05 September 2007

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