F-22 Raptor: Be still my beating heart
I was just going through some fantastic emails from some Americans (It's no secret my adoration of the country.) The support for Israel is strong.
The US / Israel alliance apparently may expand even further with some rumors circulating via YNET that the stealth bird of prey, the pride of the American air fleet may be making its way to the Holy Land to defend against the Jihad..
The USAF F-22 Raptor is one serious Hombre!
YNET: The United States may supply Israel with the most advanced stealth fighter jet in the world – the F22 Raptor – considering the war in Lebanon and the Iranian threat, the Israeli security establishment has assessed.
The US has not yet exported the F22 to any of its allies. Recently, however, the House of Representatives lifted its nine year ban on the sale of the advanced jet outside the United States. No real contacts have yet been made on the matter, but the lifting of the ban on its sale has paved the way for such a deal.
US officials have apparently hinted to Israel lately that as part of American efforts in the international war on the "axis of evil," the US would offer Israel to buy the stealth fighter. [...]
The Israeli Air Force enthusiastically welcomed reports that the stealth jet could come to Israel. The F22 Raptor is the most advanced warplane in the world and is almost undetectable to radar systems. The plane's stealth is achieved through the combination of its shape, color, composite materials, and various installed systems. [...]
Things are coming to a head with Iran in the next short months, Raptors would make for a super fine deterrent factor in the region. The only drawback is the Raptor's huge price tag, 150 Million a pop! Not exactly a cheap date.. but quite sublime nonetheless.
Short range missile defense?
Also mentioned in the article – perhaps plans by the USA to buckle down and redouble efforts with Israel regarding Missile Defense. The USA & Israel developed the Arrow-2 Anti Ballistic Missile. It's the 1st fully deployed system to protect against incoming missile threats (big missiles, unfortunately it does not handle rockets & such as Hezbollah is firing.) The American ballistic missile shield now also being deployed builds on the technologies developed by the countries.
It appears what is possibly being discussed is a short range system, precisely for Katyushas, Kassams and all the lovely civilian targeting rockets the terrorists are currently employing. Israel has already put forward a project of this nature. Here's a handy post on the meeting of the minds between American & Israeli defense titans for precisely that purpose. The need for such a platform in Israel is clear, but the US is also looking for possible force protection in theatres like Iraq..
Tag Team Champions to Defend Israel <- also in there is a link to a THEL post, the laser based short range missile defense system which has recently resurfaced as a possible solution as well.