Israeli F-35 jet accidentally exposes location over nuclear facility

JERUSALEM POST

According to the source, the aircraft revealed itself in the altitude of 31,000 feet over the nuclear facility when the pilot turned on a non-encrypted transponder.

An Israeli Air Force F-35 stealth jet revealed itself on international civil aircraft tracking radars while flying over the Shimon Peres Nuclear Research Center in the Negev, Ynet reported Monday evening. According to the source, the aircraft revealed itself at an altitude of 31,000 feet over the nuclear facility when the pilot turned on a non-encrypted transponder, making Israel’s newest fighter jet visible in civil flight radars. Military aircraft use “Squawk” codes to communicate information when conducting military operations, with the three main codes being 7500, meaning hijacking; 7600 meaning transmission error and 7700, meaning emergency. The exposed aircraft reportedly transmitted code Squawk 7600, meaning transmission error.

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