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Israel to Get Three More F-35 Jets on Sunday

F-35 fighter jets (Photo: IDF Spokesperson's Unit)

Late last year, Israel received two F-35 fighter jets from the United States. Now, The Times of Israel reports, the Jewish state's military will receive three more of the advanced planes this weekend, making it the first country outside of the U.S. with a squadron of the supersonic aircraft:

Israel is to take delivery of three more F-35 stealth fighters from the United States on Sunday, adding to two that arrived in December, an army statement said.

They are among 50 that Israel has agreed to buy from aerospace giant Lockheed Martin...

While other countries have ordered the planes, Israel — which receives more than $3 billion a year in US defense aid — says it will be the first outside the United States with an operational F-35 squadron...

Israeli components will be integrated in the aircraft, which will be known as the F-35I...

Tags: US-Israel Relations , IDF

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