Israel orders advanced U.S. warplanes


Israel ordered 25 advanced warplanes that won’t be available until the next decade.

Lockheed Martin, the U.S. firm producing the F-35 fighter jet, said Thursday that Israel put in a request for 25 of the planes at $80 million each.

The first F-35s are expected to come off the factory line in the beginning of the next decade. They are being offered first to U.S. forces and then to a small number of partner countries abroad.

Also known as the Joint Strike Fighter, or JSF, the F-35 would extend Israel’s reach over enemies such as Syria and Iran, as well as allow for stealth attacks and reconaissance missions.


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