Israel Signs F-35 Fighter Order

10.10.2010 Aviation & Space
Israel Signs F-35 Fighter Order

Israel Signs F-35 Fighter Order

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Following the Israeli Government decision to select the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II as the Israel Air Force's next-generation fighter aircraft, Israeli Ministry of Defense Director General (Maj. Gen. Ret.) Udi Shani signed the Letter of Offer and Acceptance for the procurement of the F-35

aircraft earlier this week in New York.Israel will be the first country to receive the F-35 through the United States government's Foreign Military Sales process.
The entire package amounts to $2.75 billion including engines, simulators, spare parts, and maintenance. The entire package will be funded over several years through annual US military assistance to Israel.
Put aside non-recurring developments costs, t the cost for each of the 20 aircrafts and its engines comes down to $96 million according to the US Ministry of Defense.
The F-35 Lightning II is a 5th generation fighter, combining advanced stealth with fighter speed and agility, fully fused sensor information, network-enabled operations, advanced sustainment, and lower operational and support costs.
Lockheed Martin is developing the F-35 with its principal industrial partners, Northrop Grumman and BAE Systems. Two separate, interchangeable F-35 engines are under development: the Pratt & Whitney F135 and the GE Rolls-Royce Fighter Engine Team F136.


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