Israel to Buy New Fleet of F-35 Fighter Jets. Recently approved the purchase of 25 F-35 stealth fighter jets in a deal worth $3 billion. The additional aircraft will bring the total number of F-35s in Israel’s air force to 75.
The purchase is being financed through US military aid. Israel is the first country outside the United States to acquire the F-35, and remains the only country in the Middle East to have the advanced weapon in its arsenal.
The fighter jet is considered the world’s most advanced, capable of gathering intelligence, striking deep into enemy territory and engaging in air duels. It is also known as the Joint Strike Fighter and, in Israel, by its Hebrew name Adir, or Mighty.
F-35 Deal Ensures Cooperation Between US and Israeli Defense Industries
The deal also includes an agreement to ensure the continuation of cooperation between American companies and Israeli defense industries in the production of aircraft parts. This will help to strengthen the relationship between the two countries’ defense industries and boost Israel’s defense capabilities.
Israel Uses F-35s in Combat
Israel has already used F-35s in combat. In May 2018, the Israeli Air Force said it was the first to use the F-35 in combat when it struck a Syrian air defense battery.
The purchase of the new F-35s is a sign of Israel’s commitment to maintaining its military superiority in the Middle East. The jets will give Israel a significant edge over its regional rivals, and will help to ensure its security in the face of growing threats.
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Israel Ramps Up Attacks on Syrian Airbases
In addition to the purchase of the new F-35s, Israel has also ramped up its attacks on Syrian airbases in recent months. These attacks are aimed at disrupting Iran’s increasing use of Syria as a conduit for weapons deliveries to its allies in Lebanon and the Gaza Strip.
Israel’s continued attacks on Syria are likely to further strain relations between the two countries. However, Israel is determined to prevent Iran from gaining a foothold in Syria, and is willing to take risks to achieve that goal.