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Atomic Error: IAF F-35 Accidentally Reveals Location Over Secret Israeli Nuclear Facility

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Atomic Error: IAF F-35 Accidentally Reveals Location Over Secret Israeli Nuclear Facility

IMAGE: AP Photo/Ariel Schalit

Sputniknews reports (source):

An Israeli F-35 stealth aircraft revealed to the world both its own location and that of Israel’s primary nuclear facility on Monday when it turned on a publicly viewable transponder signal.

Deep in the Negev desert of southern Israel lies the Shimon Peres Nuclear Research Center, also called the Dimona reactor, the center of Israel’s nuclear research and weapons programs. While its location isn’t exactly top secret, it’s impossible for civilians to get close to it; the Israel Defense Forces have even been known to shoot down their own planes when they don’t have permission to fly over Dimona.

However, while one Israeli Air Force F-35I “Adir” stealth fighter flying over Dimona on Monday wasn’t at risk of being shot down, it did drop its ghostly act for about 20 minutes when it turned on a publicly viewable transponder signal, causing it to appear on civilian radars.

According to Israel’s Ynet News, the Adir was using a “squawk” signal used to communicate certain vital messages on a Mode-S/ADS-B civilian frequency. On Monday, this F-35 was broadcasting Squawk 7600, meaning “transmission error”; other commonly used Squawk codes are 7700, meaning “emergency,” and 7500, meaning “hijacking.”

The Adir, using callsign F35LTNG2 and transponder hex code 738AD2, appeared for about 25 minutes on local radars as well as tracking sites like FlightRadar24 and ADS-B Exchange.

A spokesperson for the IDF told the Jerusalem Post the incident happened “during a routine training flight in a training area in the South,” noting that “a malfunction was discovered in the aircraft’s transponder” requiring it to broadcast publicly.

“In order to communicate with the other aircraft that [were] participating in the training, the pilot activated the aircraft’s detection system so that the other aircraft would be able to recognize it without communicating with the pilot,” the spokesperson said.

As Ynet noted, seeing an IAF plane on any civilian radar, let alone a stealthy F-35 Adir, is “an exceptional event, as Israeli Air Force fighters never operate unencrypted means of transmission.”

Ironically, the IDF spokesperson said the opposite, promising it was “was not an exceptional event” and that “the tracking system is operated at the discretion of the pilot.”

However, still more unusual is that IDF censors permitted images of the F-35, which included it circling over the Dimona facility repeatedly, to be published in the first place, The Aviationist blog noted.

The Aviationist noted that at other times the IAF has purposefully turned on its civilian transponders in order to send a message, as in 2018 when another F-35 suddenly became visible off the Lebanese coast, which might have been a veiled threat aimed at the Hezbollah Lebanese militia. Likewise, US aircraft on patrol over Baghdad following the siege of its embassy there late last year also allowed their locations to be seen by civilian trackers, the blog noted.

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  • Xoli Xoli

    Now coordinates were perfectly reviewed.Soon Gadir missiles will visit that killer nuclear facility.

    • Jake321

      And very soon after, there would not be much left of a radioactive Islamist Iran. The Iranian People should hope and pray that their Murdering Mullahs are not as stupid and suicidal as you and some others around here.

      • Arch Bungle

        Israel cannot end Iran with all it’s missiles. The terrain doesn’t allow it. Iran will survive. Israel will be wiped out. Irans surrounding foes will suffer blowback. True, Iran will suffer, but it will be the end of Israel and the Anglo/Zionist/American empire in the middle east. A worthwhile price to pay

        • Jake321

          LOL…sure, a great deal like the top Islamist Iranian general, second most powerful person in Iran, plus a half dozen other top military officers, for a few empty hangers and some headaches. As I said, I hope the Iranians are not as stupid and suicidal as you.

          • Pemba Sherpa

            Keep repeating “Islamist” as if that is an insult haha
            by the way, is it true that your kind were shitting their pants while Hezbollah gave you a good beating back 2006 and made you to beg for truce? hahahaha Easy to play Rambo here, I guess lol

          • Jake321

            And some folk don’t think being called Nazi is an insult.

          • Pemba Sherpa

            And some “people” don’t think being called a fake jew, a thief, a child killer and racist is an insult. Rings a bell? Maybe you should print another t-shirt saying I am a fucking ass hole because it seems popular in “Israel” haha

          • Arch Bungle

            You seem confused. You think this is about suicide. It’s tje opposite, tjis is about survival, and that can only be obtained by retaliation.
            It’s your Apartheid colony in Israel that’s suicidal, provoking all its neighbours all the time hoping to get bombarded by a sea of cruise missiles.

          • Jake321

            As usual, you have that backwards.

          • Arch Bungle

            As usual, you’re projecting.
            I don’t see any logical argument following your ad hominem. This means you lose, again.
            Try again. This time use your brain.

          • Jake321

            Nahhhhhhhh…I said you were projecting. Now you’re playing a moronic Trump type…”No you’re the puppet! No, you’re the puppet!” Try to be original.

          • Arch Bungle

            I see you’re picking up new phrases and terms like ‘projecting’. Still doesnt change the fact you’re an idiot though and all your posts are rubbish.
            You’re welcome to keep copying my phrases if you can’t come up with anything original on your own.

      • Xoli Xoli

        Israel does not have long range missiles. Neither does it a missile defense systems. If Iran closed Lebanon and Syria airspace.Then you and Jesus the God killers rabies and Satanyahu Zionists will shit in your underwear and call Saudis to pay Trump just to wage a war on your behalf.

        • Jake321

          Oh yes it does. But beyond that is has long range bombers and a few nuclear missile armed subs off the coast of Iran. And if the Murdering Mullahs are as stupid and suicidal as fools like you they could test their luck.

          • Arch Bungle

            Nuclear atmed subs off the coast of Iran are being tracked and will be sunk. Dimona and Tel Aviv will be turned into ash heaps if Iran is struck. Simple enough for you?

          • Jake321

            Go tell your delusional wet dreams to your shrink. Oh, you got it backwards from what I said. I said if Dimona and Tel Aviv are seriously attacked by Islamist Iran, it will spell Iran’s end in a blaze of glow in the dark glory. Now go back to sleep and enjoy your wet delusions.

          • Xoli Xoli

            Iran has already proven by destroying USA bases in Iraq.Which you Israel Zionist dogs and Jesus the Messiah killers has cause.By ordering foolish Trump to kill Soleimani on your behalf.

          • Jake321

            What have they proved? That their very top general and a half dozen of his top military buddies are only worth a few empty hangers and some headaches? Do note that it matters a lot what is in the nose of an accurate missile, TNT or a nuke. It does make a bit of a difference. If Islamist Iran is as stupid and suicidal as you it will learn the difference the hard way.

          • Xoli Xoli

            Dont you think and thank them atlease for giving pre warning on about 2 hours in advance. Enemy were spared but shown what Iran is capable off.Dont worry the war will come.Driven by oil hunger Israel,USA,British,France and Germany.

        • Pemba Sherpa

          It’s pointless to point out facts to bunch of Zionist dogs. They are liars by nature and nobody respects them.

          • Xoli Xoli

            Everyone the entire world have lost trust and respect for Israel

          • Pemba Sherpa

            thanks for today’s laugh hahahahaha

      • Pemba Sherpa

        Children killing apartheid zionist triggered hahahaa

  • Black Waters

    Could it be bait?

    • verner

      possibly

      • Arch Bungle

        Bait or not. We now know f35 is capable of exposing a publically viewable transponder signal. Now all that’s needed is exploit code to make that signal visible at … innapropriate moments …

        • Jake321

          If you had ham, you could have ham and eggs. If you had eggs.

          • Arch Bungle

            You spout Typical hasbara troll nonsense. When you can’t think of a logical argument you spout rubbish about eggs.
            You lose again.

  • verner

    200 long range missiles from iran to the squatters with love, from the black sea, will take care of dimona once and for all and the much vaunted iron dome will quickly be the iron doom kaboom and the end of the squatters sojourn as thieves and murderers on occupied land, palestinian land.

    get rid of the squatting jews now!

    • Jake321

      And just a few of Israel’s mostly thermonuclear missiles will end Islamist Iran’s nuke program and most else in the country. So not likely they would be as stupid and suicidal as you.

      • Davki

        They can’t end a programme that doesn’t exist. Anyhow, nobody wants to take out Dimona; if somebody had wanted that, they would have done it long ago. Well, electronic warfare is an option but probably not practical.

        • <>

          lol, try to hit even close to Dimona. Let’s hope Hezbollah are stupid enough to do it.

          • Arch Bungle

            Who cares about Dimona? Wipe out Tel Aviv, Haifa, Herzliya. Once that’s done the Zionist occupation is gone.

          • Jake321

            And who will do that, you? Any country or group as stupid and suicidal as you who might try that will very soon after earn their Darwin Awards that if need be will look so pretty glowing in the dark.

        • Jake321

          That’s note what the UNSC said unanimously, including China and Russia. Try to keep up. And I told you why no one in their right mind would seriously attack Dimona.

          • Arch Bungle

            You are lying. Come on, tell us what the UNSC said “unanimously” on the issue? Every post you make is filled with lies, illogic, misdirections and strawman arguments.

          • Jake321

            United Nations Security Council Resolution 1737 was unanimously passed by the United Nations Security Council on 23 December 2006. The resolution, sponsored by France, Germany and the United Kingdom, imposed sanctions against Iran for failing to stop its uranium enrichment program following resolution 1696.

            As usual, you are wrong.

          • Arch Bungle

            As usual you ate bullshitting and misdirecting. The provisions of Resolution 1737 were terminated by United Nations Security Council Resolution 2231 effective on Implementation Day of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, 16 January 2016.

            You lose. Again.

            But keep on gaslighting, that’s what reptilian trolls in their underground Tel Aviv basements do.

          • Jake321

            You really are dense. And thanks for confirming what I said. The UNSC unanimously voted to condemned and sanction Islamist Iran for pursuing an illegal nuke program. Many years later, when Islamist Iran agreed to suspend its illegal nuke activities, a deal was struck lifting the sanctions. Try to keep up.

          • Arch Bungle

            You’re being stupid as usual. You’re quoting an out of date event. I’m quoting the most recent status. Simple logic should tell you’re the one who should keep up.
            Game over. Try again?

      • Arch Bungle

        Israel cannot end Iran with all it’s missiles. The terrain doesn’t allow it. Iran will survive. Israel will be wiped out. Irans surrounding foes will suffer blowback. True, Iran will suffer, but it will be the end of Israel and the Anglo/Zionist/American empire in the middle east. A worthwhile price to pay …

      • Pemba Sherpa

        stop barking and bring it on…and oh, no need to wash your filthy mouth before meeting your lord Lucifer lol

  • Goran Grubić HardyVeles

    Missleading title: how would anyone picking transponder infer any intelligence on the nuclear facility?!?

  • Assad must stay

    hahahaahah a miracle!!!!

  • Cronos Sin Apellidos

    Soon, nothing will happen. But it will be writed down.

  • LR captain

    don’t ask don’t tell translation
    we have nukes but won’t tell you.
    keep you in fear
    keep you subdued.

    i find if funny that the IDF out right brands Iran and Hezbollah as monsters but yet will not expect them to act as such. instead they expect them to act as human and be scared.

    they are not scared, they don’t care and have already prepared for it as best as they can.

    but it is not The IDF soldiers the have their fingers on the nuke button. But it is bibi, their elite, their politicians.

    the people who keep building settlements who keep sabotaging a peace processes. The people keep pointing fingers at other people. the people who would rather have one state solution. in truth they do not care the about actual Israelis or Palestinians.

    if the IDF members know of their tip toe style they drag those people and then put them in front of firing squad, sadly its in any conversation. its always Iran, Hamas and Hezbollah, their keep try to distract the Israeli populace from the growing issues in their country.

    but is always hard to bring the criminal to justice if that criminal is your CO.

  • cechas vodobenikov

    Iran does not require this to comprehend where they will target their missiles

    • Jake321

      And if they target that facility, it will be the last thing they ever target as Islamist Iran would be quickly turned into a glow in the dark parking lot. They are not as stupid and suicidal as you.

      • Arch Bungle

        Israel cannot end Iran with all it’s missiles. The terrain doesn’t allow it. Iran will survive. Israel will be wiped out. Irans surrounding foes will suffer blowback. True, Iran will suffer, but it will be the end of Israel and the Anglo/Zionist/American empire in the middle east. A worthwhile price to pay

        • Jake321

          It won’t end Iran. It will end Islamist Iran as a functioning modern country with any economic, political or military effectiveness.

          • Arch Bungle

            Your statement doesn’t make logical sense. Too many straw men and counter logical implications. If you can only respond with nonsense, it’s better to not respond at all.
            Like I said: Israel as a Zionist occupation will end, the world will be a better place for it.

          • Jake321

            Sorry for your inability to understand and your delusions.

          • Arch Bungle

            You’re projecting. Your entire history on this site has been a continous stream of lies, meaningless responses and trolling. It’s very obvious to everyone here you’re a hasbara troll employed by the Zionist colony in palestine as part of a wider propaganda and information war. Noone here takes anything you say seriously. You aren’t “winning hearts and minds” and you aren’t swaying popular opinion if that’s what your hasbara masters are trying to do. Please tell your supervisor in Tel Aviv that he is an utter failure at this job and should look into another career. Door to door sales maybe, or something that requires a similar level of doggedness in order to achieve essentially nothing.

          • Jake321

            You’re wrong as usual. No connection to Tel Aviv at all. Just come here to know my enemy and have no interest in converting any of you. But nice to bring some reality your way. You surely need it. Also, it’s kind of fun to observe you guys like watching the Nut House inmates frolic.

      • Pemba Sherpa

        bla bla bla
        are you the smartest guy in your village stolen from the palestinians?

        • Jake321

          I think Oakland, CA, is a wee bit more than a village and for sure it was not stolen from the Palestinians. But who knows what the Palestinians consider theirs. Anyway, this place was stolen a long time ago from the Ohlone who last I checked were not Palestinians. But I’ve heard Palestinians claim to be so many different people that maybe they do claim to be Ohlone as well.

          Good to see you have made it out of that crevasse but the fall really screwed up your head.

          • Pemba Sherpa

            bla bla bla your kind is nothing but prostitutes and the sooner you hear, the better. Now get a job and get lost.

          • Pemba Sherpa

            then just an inbred

      • cechas vodobenikov

        “amerikans r ignorant and unteachable”. George Santayana

  • igybundy

    Hezbollah Lebanese militia says thanks and noted it for future precision strikes.. Would be a shame for the missiles to miss their targets.. It was hard to get them to publish the location but it was a deep mole under covert cover operation lasting decades.. A total success..

    • Jake321

      Everyone has know for decades exactly where that facility is. And if Hezbollah ever seriously attacked it, they and their home in Lebanon would soon become such pretty glow in the dark dust and vapor.

      • Concrete Mike

        Yes nuking lebanon would be a great idea.(sarc.)

        Are you a dumb child?
        Threatening to nuke anyone? Havent you realized, we dont care if you have nukes or not?

        • FlorianGeyer

          I agree, Mike.
          There is little practical difference between a Dresden style obliteration and a nuclear obliteration really.

          • Jake321

            The Japanese would differ with you on that. If the US had finished its nukes earlier, they would have been used against Nazi Germany and the war would have ended earlier saving a great deal of mostly Russian lives.

        • Jake321

          Well, same people do care about nukes. But fools like you aren’t part of the sane group, obviously. Nukes have worked real well as a deterrent for over 50 years now between the West and Russia. But if you would like to get your Darwin Award by being turned into pretty glow in the dark dust and vapor, test Israel’s resolve under existential threat.

          • Concrete Mike

            Fuck your an idiot…

            Dont you realise once the nuke pandoras box is open, there is no turning back?
            That there enough.conventionnal weapons around to assure destruction for all??

            Once israel fires a nuke, its over, for all.of us.

            So for once, stop being selfish, put an end to this madness peacefully once and for all.

            Jews deserve better that what their getting fed by the zionists.

            We all deserve better.

            So make a choice, stop the militarist bullshit and save mankind, or be intransigent like you are now and we all die.

            Choose wisely.

          • Jake321

            An existential threat to Israel or the Jewish People will be answered fully and by all means available this time even if there is a chance we all die. But most likely, those making such a threat will do most all the dying.

            Choose wisely.

          • Arch Bungle

            Hey look, the resident hasbara troll bot.

          • Jake321

            Someone needs to bring some reality to you guys.

          • Arch Bungle

            Nukes are no deterrent against Hezbollah. The day they decide to end Israel nukes are going to do 0 to stop the deluge of missiles that pound Tel Aviv to ashes.

          • Jake321

            Well, do you think they feel lucky? Do you think they are as stupid and suicidal as a spouter like you?

        • Pemba Sherpa

          all zionists are retards .. they also believe they’re tough guys because they can kill women and children with impunity.

      • Arch Bungle

        You know what fallout is, clown?

        • Jake321

          Yep, and I know what the prevailing winds are. And I know that at least a 100 nukes were set off in the atmosphere in Nevada not far from Los Vegas with NO harmful fallout ever in that major city. Fallout is an irrelevancy for Israel if faced with what it considers an existential threat.

          • Arch Bungle

            You know nothing about the prevailing winds, especially on whatever day it happens so stop lying. You’ve been swallowing propaganda again. Educate your ignorant self on the effects of nuclear fallout on the bikini and marshal islands. Tool.

          • Jake321

            Nahhhhhhhh…just looking at the reality not far from me here in California. And you check to see the difference in type of nuke and area. Do note, that both Hiroshima and Nagasaki stopped being dangerously radioactive not long after the Bombs and have had normal background radioactively for many decades now. Besides, it would be Iran and Lebanon where any significant fallout would linger, NOT Israel. Try to get the simplest things correct.

      • Pemba Sherpa

        I didn’t hear your kind talking this tough when they were sent back home crying or in body bags after ridiculous attempt of land grab in Lebanon 2006 which they even declared in front of cameras.

        Instead shitting&pissing pants, crying for momy, wrapped in black bags and up to this day all taken out of “service” for PTSD. And BEGGING for truce. Back to stolen land minus shitloads of Merkavas hahaha

        You guys piss your pants when you confront real men. But killing palestinian women and children makes cowards of your calibre proud.

        • Jake321

          Yep, falling into that crevasse really screwed up your head. You used to be such a nice guy. Anyway, of late, Israel has been blowing away Hezbollah and their puppet master Islamist Iranians in Syria with impunity. And my country just did that to the very top Islamist Iranian general and a half dozen of his top military buddies. And all it cost was a few empty hangers and some headaches. Your real men seem to be blown a way a lot lately with pretty much impunity. They don’t have a chance to sh*t their pants before their sh*t and much else is spread far and wide. They do need help. So why don’t you get fitted for a suicide vest and practice a lot?

          • Pemba Sherpa

            Your kind piss their pants when they confront real warriors as we’ve seen countless times. Also, real Jews hate your guts for pretending being Jews. Nobody likes you or respects you. The downside of being a money whore.

  • Jake321

    So?

  • verner

    joke321 is at it again marketing the israeli nukes as a deterrent which he fails to realize is what will be the end of jews in the middle east – just one sniff of the jews using their nukes will mean the end of jews in a wholesale manner and, of course they can cause havoc and whatnot but with the entire world against them they will be toast, pushing up daisies from 6 feet under or be dried out wet stains in the desert sand of palestine or the nevada desert or elsewhere – the jews’ nukes are handy to threaten with but are useless in the real world since using them will mean complete eradication of jews anywhere where they are to be found.

    • Jake321

      So says you. It will do that to the Jews if Israel uses nukes in an existential war situation as much as the US nuking Japan ended the US. Go back to sleep. Your delusional and demented wet dreams beckon.

      • Arch Bungle

        Unlike the US Israel is not far away over the atlantic ocean, protected by distance. Even the Houthi in Yemen cam lob missiles at Tel Aviv. Hezbollah more so. Iran definitely.
        Iran has a conventional missile for each half kilometer of Tel Aviv and Haifa. They dont need nukes to bury Israel 6 feet deep.
        Israels nukes are nothing more than it’s own funeral pyre – their glow will be the sunset of zionist occupation.

        • Jake321

          Damn, you fools do feel lucky…for others! Now note that just one of Israel’s couple of hundred nukes is way more destructive than all the missiles, rockets, bombs, bullets and slingshots that Islamist Iran and all its lap puppies have combined. For the sake of the Iranian people and many others, I hope the Murdering Mullahs are not as stupid and suicidal as you and yours around here. Oh, sure the Houthis can lob missiles at Tel Aviv. But they will fall short into the Saudi desert. You really are delusional.

    • Arch Bungle

      One correction though: The jews of the middle east will be fine. The european/russian colonists masquerading as fake hebrews who follow the religion of the Pharisees will be wiped out like plague they are.

  • <>

    No big deal, it’s not like anyone is crazy enough to attack that place. And if they do, then goodluck.

    • Pemba Sherpa

      And if they do, then good bye to you too

      • Jake321

        You mean good bye to anyone stupid and suicidal enough to try that. Damn, you obviously landed on your head when you fell into that crevasse.

  • Arch Bungle

    “Nobody who has tried to make a nuclear bomb has failed to get one on the first try.”

    • Jake321

      And that is why Islamist Iran will have their nuke program cut short before they have a chance to make that try.