The Israeli Air Force (IAF) has acquired new capabilities to launch attacks on Iran and its nuclear facilities.
Jerusalem can now reportedly fly its F-35 stealth fighter jets to Tehran without needing to refuel.
The air force has also equipped its F-35 aircraft with a new bomb that can be carried inside the internal weapons compartment to avoid jeopardizing the plane’s stealth radar signature.
Developed by Rafael Advanced Weapons Systems, the one-ton bomb is protected from jamming and electronic warfare systems.
These recent developments are a major boost to IAF capabilities as it prepares for future strikes against the Islamic Republic.
Last month, dozens of Israeli fighter jets conducted air maneuvers over the Mediterranean Sea to simulate attacks on Iranian nuclear facilities.
The simulation included “long-range flight, aerial refueling, and striking distant targets,” according to the Israeli Defense Forces.
Israeli jets refueled twice during the drill, circled Cyprus, and conducted mock airstrikes in Israel.
Jerusalem’s elite helicopter search-and-rescue unit was also put on standby to simulate assisting pilots abandoning their aircraft.
Iran Threatening Israel
Iran’s army ground forces commander Kiumars Heydari announced on Tuesday that the Iranian military is ready to attack some of the major cities in Israel should tensions escalate.
“Upon an order of the Supreme Leader of the [Islamic] Revolution, we will raze Tel Aviv and Haifa to the ground for any mistake made by the enemy (Israel),” he said.
He further stated that the range of Iranian drones and missiles has significantly increased, indicating that they could pose a major threat.