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October 28, 2014 9:46 am

Israeli Air Force’s First F-35 Fighter Jets Set for Production

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The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II fighter jet. Photo: Andy Wolfe. – The U.S. Department of Defense and Lockheed Martin have reached an agreement in principle on the production of 43 F-35 joint strike fighter jets, including the first two to be built for the Israeli Air Force. The deal is expected to be finalized in the coming weeks.

This will mark the eighth lot of F-35 aircraft to be produced. Production and delivery of the lot will begin in 2016.

“Today’s agreement is representative of the program’s ongoing maturation,” F-35 Program Executive Officer Lt. Gen. Chris Bogdan said Monday. “Once production of LRIP 8 aircraft is completed, more than 200 F-35s will be in operation by eight nations.”

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According to Lockheed Martin, the eighth lot of F-35s includes 29 U.S. aircraft, the first two F-35As for Israel, the first four F-35As for Japan, four F-35Bs for the United Kingdom, two F-35As for Norway, and two F-35As for Italy.

In 2010, Israel ordered 19 of the state-of-the-art stealth fighter planes at a cost of around $2.75 billion, with an option of increasing the total number to 75.

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