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News: Israel wants 20 F-35s

Published 19 August 2010, 16:48

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The Israeli government has given approval for 20 F-35 Joint Strike Fighters to be purchased.

August 19: Israeli newspaper Haaretz.com reports that the Israeli government has given approval for 20 F-35 Joint Strike Fighters to be purchased from the US at a cost of “around $2.75 billion” (€2.1 billion).

The Israel Air & Space Force (IASF) had wanted 75 aircraft but the reduced number could be due to US blocking Israel’s demands that home-made systems be installed for electronic warfare and communications. The report says that the US has agreed that if Israel buys more F-35s from later production runs, it may allow for integration of Israeli-made systems.

Defense Minister Ehud Barak said "The F-35 is the fighter of the future that will allow Israel to maintain its aerial superiority and its technological advantage in the region." The deal has yet to be approved by the US Congress.

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