In my piece, The Lavi Lives, I made a point that I want to hammer on again. It’s one of many themes that run throughÂ each of my articles:
Corruption killed the IAI Lavi fighter, which lead to a lesser corruption that resurrected it in China.
That was an easy statement to make, but it lacks the power that only detail can give it.Â So, let me add some of thatÂ detail.Â
When they are creating a new weapon system, Israeli design teams have one goal that sits at the top of everything else: battlefield survivability. Everything else is secondary. Everything.
Israel’s main battle tank, the Merkava,Â is designed to be the most survivable tank in the world. Israeli designed aircraft (such as the Kfir) are designed to complete their missions andÂ get their pilots home. Israeli ships and submarines are designed to complete their operations and make it back to port.
Israeli teamsÂ design like that because everyÂ soldier, sailor, and pilotÂ is precious. Each and every one isÂ a beautiful daughter or handsome son to someone. Every life lost on the battlefield is a tragedy.
However, this protectiveness gives a tremendous battlefield advantage. It means that Israeli soldiers can be more aggressive and more creative. Because Israeli design teams did the best that they could to protect the life of each Israeli soldier, each Israeli soldier does the best that he can to spendÂ that life wisely. It is an awesome marriage of confidence andÂ one of many reasons why Israeli military systems and Israeli soldiers are the most dangerous in the world.
Now, think about what happens whenÂ corruption hands this highly effective technology to our enemies.Â Because of corruption in big business and big government, the IAI Lavi became the Chengdu J-10.Â
Because of corruption, the J-10Â is a fantastic instrument of death and destruction. Because it was essentially designed by Israel, it will be hard to find. It will be hard hit. It will be hard to destroy.Â J-10 pilots will have greater confidence in their aircraft and be more and more willing to fly dangerous missions. Â
Because of corruption, theÂ Iranian and PakistaniÂ air forcesÂ have one of the most advanced multi-role fighter-bombers in the world.Â And, they will not fail to use it against Israel and the United States.
One day, theÂ J-10 will fly missions against US targets, and US men and womenÂ will die because that fighter will be hard to find and hard to shoot down.
So, sayÂ a big ‘thank you’ to General Dynamics and LockheedÂ Martin, every time…
a surface-to-air missile fails to hit a J-10 fighter
a targeting radar fails to lock on a J-10
aÂ J-10-deliveredÂ bomb kills a son or daughterÂ
aÂ J-10-deliveredÂ nuke destroys a city
And, you can go on to thank the US State Department and the leadership of the US Air Force. I’m sure that they will all be grateful for your appreciation.Â
Because this corruption (and others like it) was allowed to take place,Â people that we love will die.