IDF, United States

Israel signs deal buying third F-35 squadron from US

With this deal, the IDF will have 75 of one of the most advanced fighter planes in the world.

F-35 fighter plane. (Photo: Defense Minister Spokesperson and Public Relations Division)

After Finance Minister Betzalel Smotrich lifted his hold, the Defense Ministry signed a deal today (Tuesday) with the American government for the acquisition of a third squadron of F-35 "Adir" planes from the United States, which will now be integrated into the IDF.

The deal includes 25 F-35 planes made by Lockheed Martin, as well as support and maintenance. The deal is assessed at $3 billion.

With this deal, the IDF will now have 75 of the most advanced stealth fighter planes in the world. The planes will begin to be supplied from 2028 at a rate of 3 to 5 planes a year.

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