Israel signs deal for 14 additional U.S. F-35 warplanes


Israel has signed a contract to buy 14 additional F-35 fighter jets from the United States for about $3 billion, the Defence Ministry said on Sunday.

The deal, approved by an Israeli cabinet committee in November, follows Israel’s purchase in 2010 of 19 F-35s, manufactured by Lockheed Martin Corp (LMT.N).

In a statement, the ministry said an agreement to buy the 14 additional aircraft was signed over the weekend and included an option for another 17 of the planes.  

Israel’s first two F-35s will arrive by the end of 2016, with deliveries scheduled to be completed by 2021, the ministry said.

The Pentagon plans to spend nearly $400 billion to develop and build 2,457 of the radar-evading aircraft over the next two decades for the U.S. military and its allies.

(Reporting by Jeffrey Heller; Editing by Ros Russell)

11 thoughts on “Israel signs deal for 14 additional U.S. F-35 warplanes

  1. Israel doesn’t buy anything. It is given to them by our politicians, or stolen, or otherwise flim-flamed out of American coffers. Let this shitty little country in the middle east build their own defenses without our help, they sure have enough of our money.

    1. Not a problem…

      “Israel’s first two F-35s will arrive by the end of 2016…”

      I seriously doubt we have anywhere NEAR that much time left, if you know what I mean.

      1. Those F-35’s, if they were able to work the bugs out of them, are the most efficient killing machines ever devised. 3 billion for 14 of these aircraft. (Like Israel will ever actually pay us a dime!)

  2. Who’s paying for this? You guessed it, some poor slob driving a truck who can’t spell. Blow out those f,cking 7 candles and light up the cross….!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. The Symington Amendment of 1976 and the Glenn Amendment of 1977 prohibit US military assistance to countries that acquire or transfer nuclear reprocessing technology outside of international nonproliferation regimes. Israel, unlike Iran, is not a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. If Congress wishes to provide US taxpayer funded foreign aid to Israel in compliance with US law, it may do so only under a special waiver from the office of the President.

    Upholding the Symington Amendment could be an early litmus test as Congress and “Governance depends on rule of law– it is imperiled if government openly flouts important laws. It is no longer acceptable for Congress or the President to invoke ‘strategic ambiguity,’ a practice whereby US government officials publicly pretend to the American people that Israel possesses no nuclear weapons.

  4. Please…somebody on Lockheed’s F-35 assembly line…sabotage the pilot’s oxygen that it pumps pure Nitrous Oxide @ +40,000ft..I want those israeli / zionist pilots to DIE laughing..while yakking to their TAC & F.O.s…

    Call it “poetic justice”….

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