F-35 stealth planes on their way to Israel
Ministerial committee led by Netanyahu, Barak authorizes purchase of most advanced fighter jet in world at cost of NIS 10 billion. First plane to 'make aliyah' in 2015
Published: 09.16.10, 18:38 / Israel News
A ministerial committee headed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
and Defense Minister Ehud Barak
authorized the purchase of 20 F-35
stealth fighter jets on Thursday.
"Procuring the most advanced fighter jet in the world is a significant step towards bolstering the State of Israel's
military capability," said Netanyahu.
The decision to purchase the fighter jets for about NIS 10 billion ($2.66 billion) was preceded by a series of long discussions. Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi
and Air Force Commander Ido Nehushtan participated in Thursday's meeting.
The plane is slated to become operational by 2015, but Israeli pilots will be able to train on them much prior to this in the US.
The F-35 fighter is considered the most advanced fighter jet today...
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