Israel skaffar 50 st F-35 för 100 miljoner dollar/st

Source: Israel to buy an additional 17 F-35 fighter planes | The Times of Israel

Following approval of security cabinet, IAF will now have a fleet of 50 of the high-tech stealth fighters jets

November 27, 2016, 8:41 pm
The F-35 Lightning II during a refueling test at dusk in January 2015. (Tom Reynolds/Lockheed Martin)

The F-35 Lightning II during a refueling test at dusk in January 2015. (Tom Reynolds/Lockheed Martin)

Israel will purchase 17 more advanced F-35 fighter jets from Lockheed Martin, the Prime Minister’s Office said Sunday.

The security cabinet voted unanimously to approve the purchase, the statement said, adding that this brings the total number of F-35’s to be acquired to 50.

Though the government has not released exact figures for the price, at approximately NIS 387 million ($100 million) per airplane, these additional 17 F-35 fighter jets will likely set Israel back at least NIS 6.6 billion ($1.7 billion), not including the costs of additional maintenance and support equipment.

The F-35 — known in Israel as the Adir, meaning “awesome” or “mighty” in Hebrew — is a fifth generation stealth fighter jet equipped with an array of the latest technology that is expected to anchor the Israel Air Force for years to come.

In June, Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman attended an event in the US in which the version of the plane intended for Israel was unveiled for the first time.

Israel is expected to receive the first two planes before the end of 2016, after which another six- seven planes will arrive in each subsequent year.

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman sits in the cockpit of the F-35 stealth fighter jet, as Chief of Staff of the IAF Brig. Gen. Tal Kelman stands over him, during an unveiling ceremony in Fort Worth, Texas, on June 22, 2016. (Ariel Hermoni/Defense Ministry)

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman sits in the cockpit of the F-35 stealth fighter jet, as Chief of Staff of the IAF Brig. Gen. Tal Kelman stands over him, during an unveiling ceremony in Fort Worth, Texas, on June 22, 2016. (Ariel Hermoni/Defense Ministry)

The option to purchase an additional 17 jets has been on the table for some time, and Sunday’s announcement by the security cabinet seems to confirm that Israel will realize its option to acquire more fighter planes.

Despite taking years to produce, over $1.5 trillion in development costs, and numerous setbacks, Israel’s purchase of the 17 additional F-35s appeared to be a show of confidence in the plane and its abilities.

Lockheed Martin unveils Israel's first F-35 fighter jet in Fort Worth, Texas, on June 22, 2016. (Lockheed Martin)

Lockheed Martin unveils Israel’s first F-35 fighter jet in Fort Worth, Texas, on June 22, 2016. (Lockheed Martin)

Israel receives over $3 billion a year from the US in military aid, and early this year the two countries agreed on a new aid package that will see Israel receive $3.8 billion annually through 2028, the vast majority of which must be used on purchases from American defense companies.

Judah Ari Gross contributed to this report.

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