The Israeli Air Force commander also revealed that four of the Iranian rockets were intercepted while the rest fell in Syrian territory.
Israeli fighter jet Photo Credit: Yissachar Ruas/TPS
Israeli Air Force commander Gen. Amikam Norkin has revealed that the IAF employed its new F-35 stealth jets for the first time during the series of attacks in Syria two weeks ago. The information was revealed during a conference celebrating the IAF’s 70th anniversary, which was attended by 20 foreign air force commanders.
Norkin added that during the attacks, around 100 anti-air missiles were launched at the Israeli fighter jets and that the Iranian forces in Syria launched 32 rockets at Israel. Previous reports had put the number of rockets at 20. According to Norkin, four were intercepted and the rest didn’t reach Israeli territory.
“The Adir aircraft are operational and are participating in missions. We are the first in the world to carry out operational attacks with the F-35,” Norkin said. He added that the IDF’s air-defense systems, Arrow, David’s Sling and Iron Dome, have an 85% success rate.
Yesterday, a senior officer in the IAF commented on the conference and said that the visiting commanders will discuss the significance of joint military exercises. He added that the IAF trains with many countries, mostly European, and that “these areas are good for our exercise due to their distance, terrain and landscape that resemble areas in which we might have to operate in the future.”