Israel's Defense Minister, Avigdor Liberman, is in the United States this week. Israel Hayom reports that one of the events Liberman will be attending is the Texas rollout of the first F-35 stealth fighter jet to be delivered to the Israeli Air Force (IAF):
The Israeli Air Force will receive its first F-35 fighter jet on Wednesday -- the first of 33 aircraft Israel has acquired -- in a festive rollout ceremony to be held at the Lockheed Martin plant in Fort Worth, Texas. The aircraft is expected to arrive in Israel by the end of the year.
The F-35, or the Adir as it has been named in Hebrew, is a fifth generation stealth fighter jet that will position Israel's air force at the cutting edge of technology. Questions regarding the aircraft's capabilities have been raised but the Israeli Air Force is convinced that all the challenges facing its development have been nothing more than growing pains and that the aircraft is essential to Israel's qualitative military superiority in the region.
On Monday, U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter held a closed-door meeting with Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman, who only assumed the post late last month.
Carter and Lieberman discussed regional security challenges in the Middle East and areas of mutual defense cooperation before Lieberman headed to Texas for the rollout ceremony.
Israel will be the first country outside the U.S. to receive the F-35.