Israel has finalized a deal to buy an additional batch of F-35 stealth warplanes from the US, the Israeli Defense Ministry announced on Sunday.
With the implementation of the deal, the Israel Air Force will have two squadrons of these advanced fighter jets. The delivery of F-35s will be completed by December 2024.
Israel has already ordered 33 of the world’s most expensive warplanes. 17 additional jets will bring the total of F35s that Israel seeks to obtain to 50.
Israel has already had five F-35 “Adir” jets. It will receive an additional two F-35s next week and two more jets by November. This will bring the total of F-35s in the Israeli Air Force to 9.
According to Israeli sources, the Israeli Air Force is expected to announce initial operation capability of the first squadron by December 7.