Israel expects to have total air dominance in the Middle East for the next four decades with the arrival on Dec. 12 of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.
“The future is here,” Israeli Air Force (IAF) Chief of Staff Brig.-Gen. Tal Kalman said, adding that “the F-35 will allow the air force to do missions that its current aircraft are unable to do today. In quantity and quality, depth into enemy territory, in threat-filled areas, in the amount of missions, with less manpower.”
“In today’s era of multiple fronts, it is a significant addition.”
Israel is the first country to receive the F-35 outside the U.S. and once the jets land in Israel, they will not leave the country, excluding combat missions.
The F-35s are being delivered from the U.S. to Nevatim Air Force Base near Beersheba.
Lockheed Martin’s fifth-generation stealth fighter, known as “Adir” (“awesome” or “mighty”) in Israel, is defined by Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman as “the most advanced in the world and the best for safeguarding Israel’s aerial superiority.” The F-35 “is a quantum leap in relation to the combat aircraft we have today.”
The F-35 is able to evade enemy radar, including the Russian-made S-300 missile defense system deployed in Syria and Iran’s Fordow nuclear facility, while flying at supersonic speeds. With close air-support capabilities and a massive array of sensors, pilots have an unparalleled access to information while in the air.
Full article: Israel expects to retain air dominance with arrival of F-35s (World Tribune)