SHAH ALAM: Amended below is the conclusion of an article by an Israeli analyst on the F35. You can read the whole article HERE
You will noticed that the author had convincingly prove his preference for the F35, above all 4th generation fighters and other contemporary alternatives. His arguments could also be used by any other country looking to re-capitalise its air combat fleet including Malaysia although in our own case some caveats must be put in place first.
I have argued before that we dont have the funds to splash on another MRCA squadron at the moment and its better for us to concentrate on increasing our defence budget first before thinking of another procurement programme, so the argument presented by these analyst is simply things for us to ponder on.
I admit any increase in the Malaysian defence budget must first be accompanied with wholesale reforms in Jalan Padang Tembak if we want to see real changes in the Armed Forces and country.
Equipping the Israel Air Force with the F-35 has strategic importance in terms of deterring the enemy from starting a war and in terms of maintaining Israel’s qualitative advantage in the arena. Effective use of the IAF in a war requires aerial superiority that allows activity for fighter jets on the front and above choice regions deep in enemy territory. Aerial superiority is required to allow the continuous operation of unmanned vehicles at a reasonable rate of attrition. In light of the development of aerial defense systems in Syria and Iran, attaining aerial superiority faces unprecedented challenges. The main features of the F-35 would allow it to operate before aerial superiority is achieved and be the primary tool for attaining it.
The regional arms race requires Israel to equip itself with the next generation of weapon systems in order to provide a response to new weapons entering the arena now and those that will be introduced in the future. An examination of alternatives in the form of surface-to-surface missiles and advanced UAVs demonstrates that despite their expected contribution they cannot serve as complete substitutes to fifth generation fighter jets. This support for the purchase of the F-35, however, should be joined by a discussion about the gamut of the response in the more distant future. It may provide solutions in other directions of force buildup.
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