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'F-35 Adir' Declared Operational

'F-35 Adir' Declared Operational 7 December, 2017

The Israeli Air Force (IAF) has declared its fleet of Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) aircraft to be operational, the service announced on 6 December.

The first two jets arrived in Israel on 12 December 2016, and following a series of mission and scenario tests, the country announced 'Adir' as finally operational. 

Israel finalized its agreement to buy 17 more advanced F-35 stealth fighters from Lockheed Martin on Sunday, which will bring the air force’s fleet of the aircraft to 50. The initial order of 33 F-35 jets is expected to be completely delivered by 2021. The new batch of 17 airplanes is set to arrive by December 2024, the Defence Ministry said in a statement. 

 

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