The Israeli Air Force has been replenished with three more new fifth-generation F-35I Adir fighters. This was reported on the official page of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) on Twitter.
New fighters arrived at the Nevatim airbase in southern Israel on Sunday, September 26. All of them will be part of 116 Squadron "Lions of the South" (Lions of the South) and "will contribute to the mission to protect the skies of Israel."
Recall that prior to this year, the Israeli Air Force was armed with two squadrons of F-35I fighters, ordered from the United States in a total of 50 units. In February of this year, the Israeli government agreed on the purchase of the third F-35I squadron through the FMS. In total, under the new contract, the Israelis will receive 25 new fifth-generation fighters.
In April of this year, the Israeli Air Force received three F-35s, which also arrived at the Nevatim airbase, after which there were no reports of the arrival of new aircraft in Israel. In June, six F-35Is of the Israeli Air Force for the first time in stories arrived at the Italian airbase Amendola to participate in NATO exercises Falcon Strike 21.
F-35I (Adir) - modification of the F-35A aircraft, designed specifically for Israel. Israeli specialists install a number of their own developments in the field of avionics and weapons on the acquired Lockheed Martin F-35I Lightning II fighters, thereby adapting them to their tasks.