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December 20, 2012 1:36 pm

Israeli Air Force to Receive ‘iPad-Generation’ F-35 Stealth Fighter Jets in 2016

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An F-35 Lightning II.

The Israeli Air Force will receive its first F-35 fighter jets in the second half of 2016, a Lockheed Martin official said. Israel has ordered 19 F-35s, for a total cost of $2.75 billion, and has the option to purchase a total of 75 F-35s.

Once these advanced stealth aircraft arrive in Israel, they will become the IAF’s spearhead, capable of conducting strategic long-range operations and remaining undetected by enemy radar systems.

The F-35 features touchscreen displays in the cockpit and is referred to by pilots as “the iPad-generation aircraft.” Elbit Systems has designed a helmet for F-35 pilots to use and Israel Aerospace Industries will produce wings for the aircraft. Currently, the IAF fighter jet fleet consists of F-15s and F-16s.

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