Israel signs contract to purchase additional 14 F-35 fighter jets

A delegation of Defense Ministry officials in the US signed a contract this weekend finalizing Israel’s purchase of 14 additional Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) F-35A fighter jets. The signature comes after a ministerial military procurement committee approved the deal last November, but cut the number of jets from the original number requested by Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon.

According to the terms of the deal struck with the JSF Project team at the Pentagon, 14 jets, made by Lockheed Martin, will be delivered to Israel Air Force, with an option to purchase another 17 of the fifth generation platforms in the future.

The defense establishment is determined to ensure that the Israel Air Force eventually receives 50 F-35 jets, forming two squadrons of 25 jets each.


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