The Israel Air Force has announced that F-35 fighter aircraft, ‘Adir’ are now operational.
Israel has so far received nine aircraft of the 50 it has ordered from US Lockheed Martin each costing at an approximate $100-110 million. The aircraft were received in three groups in recent years, Globes reported Thursday.
The first Israel Air Force F-35 squadron is called "Golden Eagle". Israel is the first country in the world outside the US to make operational use of the planes.
"The announcement of the operational fitness of the squadron is being made at a time when the air force is operating on a large scale on several fronts in a Middle East that is constantly changing and being reshaped," Israel Air Force commander Major General Amikam Norkin wrote in a special letter to air force soldiers.
"Making the Adir operational adds a significant layer to the air force's capability at the current time," he said.
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.
Elbit Systems has won a $74 million contract to provide and operate flight simulators for the upgraded C-130H and C-130J transport aircraft of the Israeli Air Force (IAF). The contract is for a 13-year period which includes a set up phase of three years and a ten-year operating period, the company said in a statement Wednesday
The Israeli Ministry of Defense (MoD) canceled a test of the Arrow 3 missile, designed to adapt the system to precision targeting missiles being developed by Iran, following the malfunction of a target missile. The trial which was planned to take place Monday from the Palmachim base, but was cancelled because of a malfunction in the Sparrow target missile designed to resemble an enemy missile,
Israeli aircraft attacked an Iranian base outside of Damascus according to media reports in Syria. “In the past, Israel has reportedly carried out attacks against Syrian convoys and installations, in order to prevent Syria from transferring sophisticated weapons to Iran's local proxy Hezbollah,” the Jerusalem Post reported Saturday
Croatia has shortlisted used Israeli Air Force F-16s and new Saab Gripens to replace its old MiG-21 fighter jets. The shortlist emerged from a list that included new F-16s from the US and used Greek F-16s, according a broadcast from a local TV station reported last week
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