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June 19, 2013 11:33 am

Israel to be Among First Recipients of New F-35 Stealth Fighter Jet

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An F-35 stealth jet on a test flight. Photo: Wikipedia.

The vice president of Lockheed Martin, Steve O’Bryan, announced Tuesday at the Paris Air Show that Israel will be the first country to receive the F-35 American-made stealth fighter jet, Israel Hayom reports.

Not expected to be delivered until the end of 2016, they are also to be fitted with an Israeli “twist”—detachable fuselages.

O’Bryan said Lockheed Martin was examining the feasibility of adding the detachable fuselages to the plane, manufactured by the Israeli company Cyclone. The fuselages would allow the plane to have a longer flight range.

Israel made the order for the 20 jets in October 2010 at a cost of $2.75 billion. Globes recently reported that new bomb-proof underground pens are being built to accommodate the F-35s.

In all, the Israeli Air Force wants 75 F-35s, Israel Hayom reports, to replace Lockheed Martin’s F-16I Sufas and Boeing’s F-15 Ra’ams.

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  • BlueShadowII

    Can’t wait to see how the IAF improves the F-35 (in addition to the “extended fuselage”). I don’t think they’ve ever bought a plane from the USA without enhancing it.

    • Salomon

      Yes! I tought exactly the same!

  • This is indeed one of the best examples of Relationship between Two of the worlds best countries who excell in defence,Trusting and helping each other in all the needs and requirements by giving the opportunity to be the first country to acquire the STEALTH bombers and also take good care of your Boundries, only goes to prove the stability in relationships between the two countries.
    I salute the futuristic relationship and developments.

  • Stephen Franklin

    The RAF (UK) has already taken delivery of its first 2 F35s, although they remain in the USA for evaluation trials.
    http://www.raf.mod.uk/equipment/f35jointstrikefighter.cfm

  • And just how are these jets going to be paid for? By “loans” from the US taxpayers, only to be “forgiven” later? Such a deal!

  • Larry Levine

    This is an example of Israeli/US interdependence, and a good example of how US aid to Israel comes back to us in the forms of jobs, etc. This is credit really pays off.

    • Mel

      It also clearly proves Americans no longer possess the mental faculties to appreciate the reliable admonition:

      “Loose Lips Sink Ships!”

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