Two of the F-35I “Adir” stealth fighter aircraft ordered by the Israeli Air Force (IAF) has arrived at the Nevatim Air Base in Israel on Nov. 25.
The two Adir (“mighty one” in Hebrew) aircraft joined the 140th Squadron (Golden Eagle Squadron) and will begin taking part in the IAF’s operational activity soon. The squadron received its first two aircraft on December 12, 2016.
In October 2010, Israel signed a letter of agreement through the United States government’s Foreign Military Sales (FMS) process to become the first country to select the F-35A Conventional Take Off and Landing (CTOL) variant. Later, it became the first nation outside the United States to declare initial operational capability for the jet.
Israel’s program of record is 50 F-35As and their industrial contribution to the program includes Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) F-35A wing production; Elbit Systems’ work on the Generation III helmet-mounted display (HMD) system, which all F-35 pilots fleet-wide will wear; and Elbit Systems-Cyclone F-35 center fuselage composite components production.