Israel announces purchase of 14 more fighter jets

2015-02-22 19:26


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Jerusalem - Israel said on Sunday it will purchase 14 additional next-generation F-35 fighter jets for approximately $3bn.

The deal adds to the fleet of 19 US-made jets already purchased in 2010, the defence ministry said. The recent signing with Lockheed Martin includes an option for 17 more in the future. The first such planes are to arrive in Israel in late 2016.

The F-35 is the Pentagon's most expensive weapons programme, with an estimated cost of nearly $400bn. The programme aims to replace a wide range of existing aircraft for the US and several partner countries.

Israel plans for the stealth jet, also known as the Joint Strike Fighter, to replace its fleet of F-16 warplanes and maintain its aerial dominance in the region.

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