Lock­heed Martin and Is­rael cel­e­brate roll­out of Is­rael’s first F-35 ‘Adir’


The Is­raeli and US Gov­ern­ment lead­ers joined Lock­heed Martin to cel­e­brate the roll­out of the first Is­raeli Air Force (IAF) F-35A Light­ning II, mark­ing a ma­jor pro­duc­tion mile­stone for the fu­ture of Is­rael’s na­tional de­fence.

“Is­rael is proud to be the first coun­try in the area to re­ceive and op­er­ate it,” said Avig­dor Liber­man, Is­rael’s Min­is­ter of De­fense. “The F-35 is the best air­craft in the world and the choice of all our mil­i­tary lead­er­ship at its high­est level. It is clear and ob­vi­ous to us and to the en­tire re­gion that the new F-35, the Adir, will cre­ate real de­ter­rence and en­hance our ca­pa­bil­i­ties for a long time.”

Brigadier Gen­eral Tal Kel­man, IAF Chief of Staff, said, “As a pi­lot who has flown more than 30 years in a great va­ri­ety of air­craft, I had the priv­i­lege of fly­ing the F-35 sim­u­la­tor in Fort Worth and it was like hold­ing the fu­ture in my hands. The unique com­bina- tion of split-edge tech­nol­ogy, lethal­ity and the amaz­ing man-ma­chine in­ter­face will lead the world to the fifth-gen­er­a­tion.”

“We’re hon­oured to part­ner with Is­rael and help strengthen the deep and last­ing part­ner­ship be­tween our two na­tions,” said Mar­il­lyn Hew­son, Lock­heed Martin Chair­man, Pres­i­dent and CEO at the cer­e­mony. “The F-35 will help Is­rael re­main a bea­con of strength and sta­bil­ity in the re­gion and sup­port a safe and se­cure home­land for gen­er­a­tions to come.”

Is­rael’s pro­gramme of record is 33 F-35A con­ven­tional take-off and land­ing (CTOL) air­craft, ac­quired through the US Gov­ern­ment’s for­eign mil­i­tary sales (FMS) pro­gramme. Is­rael’s con­tri­bu­tion to the F-35 pro­gramme in­cludes Is­rael Aero­space In­dus­tries F-35A wing pro­duc­tion; El­bit Sys­tems Ltd. work on the Gen­er­a­tion III hel­met-mounted dis­play sys­tem, which all F-35 pi­lots fleet-wide will wear; and El­bit Sys­tems-Cy­clone F-35 cen­tre fuse­lage com­pos­ite com­po­nents pro­duc­tion.

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