First F-35s to Land in Israel in December 2016 // April 17, 2015

Two Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters (JSFs) will arrive in Israel in December 2016, making the Israeli Air Force (IAF) the first outside of the United States to receive the combat jet, a senior Lockheed Martin official said Wednesday.

Israel has ordered 33 additional F-35s and intends to acquire another 17 in the coming years, to form two full squadrons.

According to IHS Jane's Defense Weekly, IAF sources said that a squadron commander and five pilots from Nevatim Air Base in southern Israel have been selected to become the country's first F-35 pilots and instructors.

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