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Israel declares F-35 to be operational

06 December 2017

The Israeli Air Force (IAF) has declared its fleet of Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) aircraft to be operational, the service announced on 6 December.

The first two F-35s for Israel seen on their delivery flight from the United States in December 2016. With nine such aircraft now received, the Israeli Air Force has declared the type to be operationally ready. (US Air Force)The first two F-35s for Israel seen on their delivery flight from the United States in December 2016. With nine such aircraft now received, the Israeli Air Force has declared the type to be operationally ready. (US Air Force)

This milestone for the IAF’s F-35, which is designated F-35I Adir (‘Mighty One’) in national service, comes a year after the first two jets arrived in country on 12 December 2016. It was announced following a series of mission and scenario tests that included all of the air-to-air and air-to-surface roles earmarked for the aircraft in IAF service.

The IAF’s 140 Squadron ‘Golden Eagles’ flies the type from Nevatim Airbase in southern Israel’s Negev Desert, with a second squadron expected to be stood up at the same location and a third likely to be located elsewhere as deliveries continue.



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