Report: Israeli F-35s entered Iranian airspace undetected, locked on suspected nuclear sites

by WorldTribune Staff, March 30, 2018

Two Israeli F-35 stealth fighters flew undetected over Iranian airspace in the past month, according to a report.

Israeli F-35. / Flash90

Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Jarida reported on March 29 that the two F-35s flew over Syrian and Iraqi airspace to reach Iran and circled at high altitude above Persian Gulf sites suspected of being associated with Iran’s nuclear program.

The report added that the F-35s went undetected by radar, including the Russian radar system located in Syria. The report cited a source as saying the F-35s are capable of traveling from Israel to Iran twice without refueling.

The stealth fighters locked on locations in the Iranian cities of Bandar Abbas, Esfahan and Shiraz, the report said.

The newspaper’s source refused to confirm if the Israeli mission was carried out in coordination with the United States, which has recently conducted joint exercises with the Israel Defense Forces (IDF).

On March 21, the IDF cleared for publication that Israel was behind the 2007 destruction of a nuclear reactor that was under construction in northern Syria.

In February, Israeli F-16 fighter jets entered Syrian airspace, striking 12 Iranian targets in Syria in response to an Iranian drone that was shot down over Israel.

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