Defense Update News:

Israel Requests Buying up to 75 F-35A/B Lightning II Stealth Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft from the US

The US Government is offering Israel 25 F-35A and an option for 50 F-35A or B Short Take-Off and Vertical Landing (STOVL) Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) aircraft capable of deploying to unprepared airfields, relieving Israel's Air Force dependency on main operating bases, vulnerable to enemy missile attacks. Initial deliveries could begin by 2014. If signed promptly, the Israeli acquisition could preceed most of the JSF consortium's international deliveries, as the program's international partners haven't officially placed their orders yet.


The unprecedented $15.2 billion aircraft sale package will extend deliveries of aircraft over a period of about 15 years. The entire sale will be financed through the Foreign Military Sale (FMS) program, and, therefore, Israel has not insisted on an offset package in connection with this potential sale.

The Israeli version of the F-35 will be configured with the standard JSF systems, but could be enhanced in the future with indigenous capabilities. The aircraft will be delivered with a standard suite of Electronic Warfare (EW) Systems including unique infrared flares; Command, Control, Communication, Computers and Intelligence/ Communication, Navigational and Identification (C4I/CNI). To ensure its operational independence, Israel will receive unique systems complying with sovereign requirements, software reprogramming center and Hardware/Software In-the-Loop Laboratory to simulate how indigenous developments are integrated into the system.

Israel will gain access to the F-35s logistics backbone, comprising of the globally outsourced Performance Based Logistics including the program's Autonomic Logistics Global Support System (ALGS) and Autonomic Logistics Information System (ALIS). The package will also include training services and systems, including Flight Mission Trainers.