A New Era In The IAF - Fifth Generation Fighter Jets

Elias Hubbard
December 7, 2017

The fifth-generation fighter jet has been lauded as a "game-changer" by the Israeli military, not only for its offensive and stealth capabilities, but for its ability to connect its systems with other aircraft and form an information-sharing network.

(JNS.org) Less than a year after receiving its first nine F-35 stealth fighter jets from the US, the IDF declared the fleet of aircrafts fully operational Wednesday.

The F-35 is the newest and most advanced US fighter jet. The F-35 is the Pentagon's most expensive weapons program, estimated to cost almost $400 billion.

"The air force is operating on a large scale on a number of fronts in a dynamic Middle East", he wrote in a letter sent to the air force. Gen. Amikam Norkin said the F-35 jets, known in Israel as the "Adir", or mighty one, will give Israel new capabilities that are necessary in confronting the "constantly evolving and complex challenges" in the Middle East. A single plane was priced at $100-110 million.

Following the original agreement to purchase 50 warplanes, Israel's Defense Ministry in August finalized the acquisition of 17 additional F-35 stealth fighter jets from the U.S. The delivery of those jets is expected by December 2024. "The operational challenge, which is becoming more difficulty by the day, is getting a state-of-the-art and professional aerial solution".

Following a series of tests and qualification examinations, the aircraft was found ready for operational activity.

The Israeli air force is the only air force, beyond the United States Armed Forces, that operates the Adir aircraft.

Describing the F-35I as "an important strategic asset" for Israel, the nation's lead squadron commander - identified only as Lt Col Yotam - says he has "no doubt" that the new type will be employed operationally during the nation's next military campaign. "Flying the Adir is exciting every time, from wearing your flight suit and unique helmet to starting the engine".

41 more F-35s will land in Israel in the coming years, and Israel is still considering whether to buy a third squadron of the fighters, thereby increasing its total order to 75 planes.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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