Israel boosts its military capability against Iran with the evolution of F-35 fighter jets

Israeli planes are now able to fly to Tehran without refuelling, something that could prove key in a possible armed conflict between the two countries
Image of F-35 aircraft

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Israel continues its military development with the evolution of its F-35 fighter jets, capable of flying to Iran without refuelling. These improvements are the result of the policy that Tel Aviv is implementing, based on the capacity to extinguish any type of nuclear attack by Iran. 

Tehran has not hesitated to respond to these advances, and one of its commanders, Kiomars Heidari, has assured that they will destroy Tel Aviv and Haifa if the enemy makes any kind of mistake. These declarations increase the tension between the two sides, which are involved in a conflict that is intended to be resolved diplomatically, but which is escalating every day.

Since the US withdrew from the Iran Nuclear Pact, Iran has been expanding its infrastructure with the aim of developing its own nuclear weapons by stockpiling low grade enriched uranium, expanding its nuclear facilities or announcing plans to produce uranium metal.

Iran claims that its measures are peaceful, that its uranium enrichment is not for military purposes, but the reality is that the same uranium can be used as fuel for its own bombs. 

Avión de combate F-35 Lightning II de la Fuerza Aérea Israelí
AFP/JACK GUEZ - Israeli Air Force F-35 Lightning II fighter jet

Israel, for its part, has increased its capabilities in the face of the possible need to attack Tehran's nuclear resources. Thanks to the development of the F-35 (sold by the US to Israel) and its flight range, it is now able to fly from one country to another without the need to refuel in mid-flight, which significantly increases its chances of success. Electronic warfare also plays a major role in this, as Tel Aviv has implemented measures to defend against possible cyber attacks that could undermine future Israeli military operations.

Improvements also include older aircraft models, such as the F-15 and F-16, as well as evading Iranian radar systems and detectors. Another major step has been the inclusion of a one-ton bomb on the F-35 with the ability to keep it off enemy radar. This is a major breakthrough because, as the Defence Ministry itself said: "Iran's surface-to-air missile systems and radar are overcrowded, even though they are not the only challenge". 

All of these advances have been tested by Israeli forces, with simulated flights and attacks in the Mediterranean. But even with these improvements, there are those who doubt Israel's military capability in the face of a possible armed conflict against Iran and its allies.  

Un avión de combate F-35B Lightning
REUTERS/EDDIE KEOGH - An F-35B Lightning fighter aircraft

Despite all this, Tel Aviv insists that it will not take up arms to resolve the situation, which is why Israel told the UN's International Atomic Energy Agency a few days ago that it intends to resolve the conflict diplomatically, as long as it does not allow Iran to continue developing its military equipment, culminating in the development of its own nuclear weapons. This would be something Israel would not allow, resorting to force if all other avenues to prevent it had failed. 

In line with this policy of active Israeli defence, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett assured the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defence Committee that Israel's strategy had changed, acting against its head and not just its arms as in recent years.

This would entail air strikes on specific points where they accumulate their nuclear resources, something that observers do not rule out after this kind of statement. A situation that, despite Israeli attempts, is moving away from diplomatic channels and ever closer to the need for a military resolution.