Israeli request for speed up delivery of refueling jets rejected by U.S.

One Boeing KC-46 is able to keep dozens of fighter aircraft airborne for 12 hours and at a range of over 11,000 kilometers, critical for any future plans by Jerusalem to conduct a military operation in Iran
Yossi Yehushua|Updated:
The Biden administration has rejected Israel's request to expedite delivery of two KC-46 refueling jets out of four purchased, which would facilitate IAF flight to attack Iran, Ynet has learned.
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  • Defense Minister Benny Gantz met with U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and Secretary of State Antony Blinken late last week for talks on the Iranian nuclear threat.
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    מטוס תדלוק KC-46
    מטוס תדלוק KC-46
    A KC-46 refueling jet
    (Photo: Reuters)
    Gantz reportedly told his hosts that Israel was preparing for a military response.
    The ministerial committee for military procurement decided on the purchase of four refueling jets as part of the military's preparations.
    The initial decision to purchase the jets was made two years ago, during the tenure of Avigdor Liberman as defense minister but was not advanced due to the internal political turmoil.
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    הפגישה בין גנץ לבלינקן
    U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken with Defense Minister Benny Gantz in Washington last week
    (Photo: Shmulik Almani)
    The Boeing jets would allow dozens of Israeli bombers to remain airborne for up to 12 hours at a range of over 11,000 kilometers (6835 miles). They are critical to any operation against Iran – which is more than 1,000 kilometers (621 miles) away from Israel's borders.
    They are due to be delivered in four years and replace the IAF's 50-year old planes.
    Sources in the military said the IDF was still hopeful the U.S. would later agree to speed up the delivery of two of the jets.

    First published: 09:24, 12.13.21
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