Israel Becomes the First Country Outside USA to Receive F-35 Stealth Fighters 

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During the weekend Israel has received three F-35 stealth fighter jets from the United States and thus became the first country, except USA, to have access to the ultra-modern nearly invisible warplane, which is considered the most expensive type ever developed.

Israel’s older squadrons of F-15s and F-16s, which have been in use since the 1970s, are due to be gradually replaced with newer version and the country expects to have the first squadron of F-35s ready for combat before the end of the year. Israel has offered 50 aircraft from the manufacturer Lockheed Martin so far.

Each plane costs around $100 mln and is described by Lockheed as “virtually invisible” due to  its advanced stealth capabilities, reportedly allowing it to evade even the most sophisticated anti-aircraft missile systems.

Israel, however, is not going to pay for the F-35s. The cost will be covered by the US taxpayers due to the military aid the country receives from Washington, amounting to $3 billion annually. This is part of a 10-year deal agreed by Obama government shortly before he stepped down.

United States have received a lot of criticism for their support of Israel’s armament.

“Israel would never have been able to build its military might without the US – and now it will have even greater freedom to wreak suffering across the region,” Mustafa Barghouti, head of the Palestinian National Initiative party, told Al Jazeera. “The US has turned a blind eye as Israel has used its advanced weapons against Lebanon, Gaza, Syria and elsewhere.”

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William Stavsky is a news writer for the Wings Journal. William has a bachelor's degree in Journalism and Social Communication at the University of Humanities and Economics in Lodz. His biggest interests are aviation, rock climbing, and animal care. After graduating university Stavsky joined the Wings Journal where he is a dedicated journalist, eager to share the most important aviation news with the world.

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