Ahmadinejad in Venezuela
By Micah Halpern
Sunday June 24, 2012
I've Been Thinking:
Ahmadinejad is in Venezuela again.
An official Venezuelan newspaper ran a story, timed for this visit of the Iranian leader, recalling that during his visit to Venezuela in 2006, the Venezuelans gave Iran an F-16 fighter jet.
The obvious purpose in giving the plane was to allow Iran to calibrate their air defense systems. The United States and the Israelis use F-16s.
The US and Israel are aware of this transfer and know that more than half of the original F-16s have been sold to other countries - all for the same reason.
The upside it that the F-16 of 1983 barely resembles current F-16s and that Israel has gussied up their versions with their own electronics.
If Iran is basing their air defense system on the level of 1983 F-16s, they have to make serous estimates about the current capabilities of the F-16. That is serious guesswork.
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