2016 is a year of momentous events around the world. The IAF continues this trend with its landing of the F-35. This is what you need to know about the IAF’s newest asset.
One of Two
Israel is the first to receive the state-of-the-art jet outside of the USA. The IAF has sent two delegations to America to learn about the plane, and how to best utilize its capabilities.
The IAF is receiving a total of 50 jets within the next few years. The first two are being flown from America and are landing on December 12, 2016. The others will be shipped by sea, including a test plane which will arrive in 2019.
The F-35 is one of a kind. Its stealth technology allows our pilots to carry out top-secret missions without tipping off the enemy. Within 20 seconds of takeoff, a team on the ground can see the route data of the jet, letting the pilot fly at his or her best while knowing that they’ve got support on the ground.
As the Middle East grows more and more unstable, and as groups that threaten to destroy us race to stockpile weapons, we need to stay a step ahead of the game. The F-35 gives us the edge we need to take on groups and armies with even the most advanced technology.
Once the F-35 lands in Israel, it will be all our own. The IAF is adding its own systems to the jet, bringing a touch of the Start Up Nation to this already state-of-the-art plate. All maintenance and testing of the plane will be done in Israel, and the planes are projected to be operational in about one year.