Due to touch down at the Nevatim air force base near Beersheba in two weeks, the F-35, known in Israel as the Adir, meaning “awesome” or “mighty,” is a fifth-generation stealth fighter jet equipped with the latest technology expected to give Israel total air dominance in the Middle East for at least the next 40 years.
“The future is here,” one senior Israel Air Force officer told reporters this week,. "The F-35 will allow the Air Force to carry out missions that its current aircraft are unable to do today. In the quantity and quality, depth into enemy territory, in threat-filled areas, in the amount of missions, with less manpower in comparison to today. This is groundbreaking because it improves the efficiency of our current forces and allows us to carry out more missions simultaneously. In today’s era of multiple fronts, it is a significant addition.”