The Israeli Air Force (IAF) has taken delivery of three additional Adir (F-35I) fighter aircraft, a move that increases the total fleet number to five.
Adir, fitted with advanced information systems, is Israel’s variant of the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF).
IAF’s ‘Golden Eagle’ Squadron is now nearing its goal of achieving initial operational capability by the end of the year.
IAF Nevatim Air Force Base commander brigadier general Eyal Grinboim said: “The integration of the additional three jets is another stage in building the IAF’s capability, as a shield of the State of Israel.”
The first two F-35I jets arrived in Israel in December. The ‘Golden Eagle’ squadron has since conducted training flights.
The IAF is expected to receive more Adir fighters throughout the year, as the Israeli Government has committed to the procurement of about 50 F-35I aircraft.