Israel will be first country to receive F-35 stealth jet fighter

 

State-of-the-art fighter aircraft, the first of which are scheduled to be delivered to Israel at the end of 2016, are also expected to be fitted with an Israeli “twist” • Israeli defense companies Elbit and Rafael make strong showing at Paris Air Show.

137163403831997375a_bAharon Lapidot

The F-35 fighter jet, made by Lockheed Martin |Photo credit: AP

Israel’s Air Force can start preparing the runways after the vice president of Lockheed Martin, Steve O’Bryan, announced on Tuesday at the Paris Air Show that Israel will be the first country to receive the F-35 American-made stealth fighter jet.

The state-of-the-art fighter aircraft, the first of which are scheduled to be delivered to Israel at the end of 2016, are also expected to be fitted with an Israeli “twist.”

O’Bryan said Lockheed Martin was examining the feasibility of adding detachable fuselages to the plane, manufactured by the Israeli company Cyclone, a subsidiary of Elbit Systems, mainly because the fuselages would not be detrimental to the plane’s stealth capabilities. In practical terms, this means that the plane would have a longer flight range while still remaining invisible to enemy radar.

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