JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel signed a contract to purchase 14 more F-35 stealth fighter jets from the United States.
The agreement was signed over the weekend for the purchase of the jets manufactured by Lockheed Martin Corp. The planes will cost about $3 billion, Israel’s Defense Ministry said.
Israel’s Cabinet approved the purchase in November. Israel has an option to purchase up to 17 more of the planes; it purchased 19 of the F-35s in 2010.
Israel is scheduled to take delivery of the first two F-35s at the end of 2016. All of the planes should be delivered by 2021.