BEWARE IRAN: Israel planning to double the range of the new Stealth Jet F-35 that it will be receiving next year
IAF working to double range for the stealth jet; first planes to arrive in December 2016.
Israel is actively working to double the range of its F-35 defense fighters, officials said Thursday, in an announcement made just before the Senate Congress vote on the Iran deal.
Israel’s F-35s are tailor-made by Lockheed Martin, and named Adir (lit. “awesome.”). The first two Adirs are due to be delivered to the Israeli Air Force (IAF) in December 2016.
The development was specifically made with “an eye on Iran” and other Middle East developments.
“The Stealth and other advanced capabilities provided by this fifth-generation fighter are self-evident,” an Israeli air force officer told Defense News. “Your options for attacking the enemy (with the stealth fighters) are much more numerous and practical.”
“The things that we could do before will entail much less risk, and the things we might not have been able to do before will be rendered doable,” he added.
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