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TRANSLATED: Did Israeli technical limitations on Jordanian planes lead to greater danger, less stand-off firepower?

An interesting emerging issue: The US sells hundreds of billions of dollars (over the years) in military hardware to Arab states… and we know from the public record that often the equipment comes with technical limitations as a result of Israeli objections and US law that mandates a QME for Israel (superiority etc.). In this case, it seems anger is boiling that the Jordanians and others are now suffering acutely from such limitations, and that a specific technical limitation MAY have been the reason why Arab pilots are being put in greater danger to IS SAM capabilities etc.

Translated from Al-Quds al-Arabi:

“It did so, according to a prominent Arab diplomat who spoke to Al-Quds al-Arabi, in protest against the misleading coordinates provided by the operations room managed by the Americans, the weak readiness of the Arab airplanes compared to the American ones and the non-existence of exit plans for the Arab pilots to face an emergency. These Emirati objections were also adopted by Amman behind the scenes, pushing prominent officials during closed meetings held prior to the execution of pilot Al-Kasasbeh, to speak about the “courage” of the Arab and Jordanian pilots, who have to fly at low altitudes due to the lack of the necessary equipment. The general impression, four days after the execution of pilot Al-Kasasbeh, is that the political decision was taken to carry out a series of military responses, which will not stop at the level of the air raids…”


Written by nickbiddlenoe

February 6, 2015 at 7:45 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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