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After F-35 Makes Aliyah, It Will Get Israeli Identity

F-35 fighter jet (Photo: USAF)

Last week's announcement that the United States will be providing record aid to Israel was heartening for those who stand with the Jewish state. Now, Israel Hayom's Aharon Lapidot reports that the next-generation fighter jet, Lockheed's F-35, will be delivered to Israel in December, where it will be outfitted with groundbreaking Israeli technology:

The development of the F-35 Lightning II stealth fighter has been the subject of widespread criticism over performance issues, but the Israeli Air Force has already made extensive preparations to welcome the next-generation aircraft, which will be known as the Adir.

On June 22, the first Israel-bound F-35 will be christened at the Lockheed Martin plant at Fort Worth, Texas.

Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon will lead the Israeli delegation at that ceremony, which will include senior Israeli officers and Defense Ministry officials.

After the first two F-35 aircraft arrive in Israel on Dec. 12, they will get new made-in-Israel C4 systems (C4 stands for Command, Control, Communications, Computers). This step is designed to meet the Defense Ministry requirement that all Israeli aircraft have unique electronic systems. The Israeli systems are tailor-made for the IAF's requirements, giving it a technological edge and the element of surprise.

Aside from the two that will arrive in December, six Adirs are expected to arrive through 2017. The Nevatim Airbase in the Negev Desert will serve as the home for the first Adir squadron. The Defense Ministry ordered 33 Adirs from Lockheed Martin, their manufacturer, at a total cost of about $5.5 billion. The funding comes from the American military aid to Israel.

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