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Israel To Regain Air Dominance As Touchdown Of F-35 Jets Nears
It’s two weeks to the touchdown of the world’s most advanced fighter jet in Israel.

Due to touch down at the Nevatim air force base near Beersheba in two weeks, the F-35, known in Israel as the Adir, meaning “awesome” or “mighty,” is a fifth-generation stealth fighter jet equipped with the latest technology expected to give Israel total air dominance in the Middle East for at least the next 40 years.

Israeli Air Force officers said the F-35 would allow Israel to attack places that it has not been capable of attacking in the past.

“The future is here,” one senior IAF officer told reporters. "The F-35 will allow the Air Force to carry out missions that its current aircraft are unable to do today. In the quantity and quality, depth into enemy territory, in threat-filled areas, in the amount of missions, with less manpower in comparison to today. This is groundbreaking because it improves the efficiency of our current forces and allows us to carry out more missions simultaneously. In today's era of multiple fronts, it is a significant addition.”

According to senior Israeli officers as well as senior US officials, the jet defined by Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman as “the most advanced in the world and the best for safeguarding Israel’s aerial superiority,” is the ultimate stealth fighter jet, able to evade enemy radar, including the Russian-made S-300 missile defense ( system deployed in Syria and near Iran’s Fordow nuclear facility. With close air-support capabilities and a massive array of sensors, F-35 pilots have an unparalleled access to information while in the air.

The F-35 fighter jet plane, also known as the 'Adir,' on the Tarmac at Lockheed Martin in Fort Worth, Texas. Credit: ALEXANDER H. GROVES/Lockheed Martin

The Adir will be flown from the US to Israel by American pilots and the following day, two of the six Israeli pilots who trained in the US will take command of the new jet, which according to the Adir squadron commander, “is a quantum leap in relation to the combat aircraft we have today.”

“We have bought the F-35 in order to protect the state of Israel and to open new fields in the country's security. I am certain that we'll know how to use it in any place we need, and it doesn't matter where it will be,” the squadron commander said. "We all understand that we bought this plane in order to attack in places that we are not always able to attack in, and this plane knows how to do it perfectly. That is our objective in receiving this plane.”

The five Israeli combat pilots chosen for the future squadron were “hand-picked” by the commander of the squadron and underwent special training at the Luke airbase in Arizona where they trained alongside pilots from several countries who will also acquire the F-35.

“I returned two weeks ago from four months of training on the Adir plane in The United States,” said the squadron commander, adding that “together with a team of more pilots and officers for the simulator, we went through very advanced and very comprehensive training to know how to fly the Adir.”

Israel is the first country to receive the F-35 outside the United States and once the jets land in Israel, they will not leave the country except for combat missions. According to senior IAF officers, all maintenance of the jet will be done in Israel. Other countries which purchased the aircraft will have their F-35s undergo maintenance at regional centers, often outside their own borders.

The Lockheed Martin F-35 fighter jet plane in a test flight. Credit: LOCKHEED MARTIN AERONAUTICS/ LIZ LUTZ

The jet, called a “superpower of information” by the squadron commander, was designed to Israel’s own specifications and will be embedded ( with Israeli-made electronic warfare pods as well as Israeli weaponry, all set to be installed once the plane is in Israel.

Built in the United States by Lockheed Martin, the Israeli F-35s have components built by Israeli companies, including Israel Aerospace Industries who produced the outer wings, Elbit System-Cyclone that built the center fuselage composite components and Elbit Systems Ltd which manufactured the helmets worn by the pilots.

The pilot’s helmet, a joint venture between Israel’s Elbit Systems and Rockwell Collins, provides “critical flight information to the pilot throughout the entire mission,” according to a statement by Elbit, which added that the helmet “delivers video imagery in day or night conditions, combined with precision symbology, to give the pilot unprecedented situational awareness and tactical capability.”

The plane’s cockpit, including all tactical and operational systems, are all virtual, and a voice-recognition system allows the pilot to focus on tasks on hand, such as identifying targets.

Despite the excitement of the new jet, the F-35 is a controversial plane with a long series of failures, delays and an expensive price tag of close to $100 million per plane. In September, the US air force announced that it was grounding the jet a mere two months after they were declared combat ready due to flaws in the plane’s coolant system. Eight of the planes grounded by the USAF belong to Israel.

Nonetheless, Israel is still said to be considering acquiring the F-35B Lightning II short takeoff/vertical landing jets. According to Lockheed Martin, the B variant “is designed to operate from austere bases and a range of air-capable ships near frontline combat zones. It can also take off and land conventionally from longer runways on major bases.” This could be crucial at times of war when air force bases - and particularly runways - will likely be hit by enemy missiles and rockets.

On Sunday, the security cabinet decided unanimously to purchase an additional 17 F-35s (, bringing the number of the advanced jets in the Israeli Air Force to 50.

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'The Plane Of The Future'
The new F-35 'Adir' is the most advanced plane in the world, IAF officials say. 'It is in a class of its own.'
By Kobi Finkler & Yissachar Ruas

At the Nevatim airbase in the Negev, people were working assiduously yesterday. In exactly a fortnight on December 12 at 2 PM, two superplanes, or "planes of the future" as they are called in the IAF, will land here. Their numbers will be 901 and 902. The planes will make history in the Airforce "for the next forty years," claim IAF sources.

"The F-35 (or in Hebrew, the "Adir") is not just another plane," says a senior IDF official. "This is something we hadn't known until today and won't be seeing in the near future. If, until now, we were in the third or fourth generation of planes, this one is not only a fifth generation plane - it is a leap of many generations forward. There is no plane with such capabilities in the world, and Israel will be the first country in the world to have such an advanced plane in operational use."

Lieutenant Colonel Yotam, the Squadron leader of the F-35 planes who was involved in upgrading the F-16 "Sufah" planes, says that the plane's avionic capabilities, as well as the amount and quality of it's sensors, place it in a class of its own:

"We are absorbing a plane which is at the top of its class technologically. From a technology perspective,this is not something that can happen in one day. We are now doing a critical appraisal of the plane, uncovering everything about it, even small things, that we can and will correct. We, as the professional body involved in this, are very happy with this process.

"I cannot speak about specific capabilities of the plan, but I can say that it will provide a clear picture of the battlefield in real time in every arena in which it is deployed and, by virtue of its stealth capabilities, we will be able to both gather intelligence and attack. This aircraft will be extremely effective in the battlefield."

Just this week the cabinet decided to purchase 17 more similar planes; in all, at the end of the process, the State of Israel will own 50 such planes.

In order to understand how significant this plane is for the IAF, air force officials state that "if in a regular attack on targets which are distant or even nearby we required an entire squadron of 25 planes in order to attack ground missiles protecting the target, protect the other planes, refuel and perform the mission, with the capabilities of the new aircraft we can do all this with just 4 or 5 planes.

"This plane can protect itself, hit the most advanced ground missiles, stay for a long time in the air, and has tremendous firepower."

Another senior official said that "the fact that it is very difficult to locate due to its unique build, and can gather information as well as attack, and its ability to analyze the information quickly and efficiently, place it in another class of plane."

Brigadier General Tal Kalman, the Air Force Chief of Staff said that "we have organized a professional team for adapting and absorbing the aircraft. Due to the nature of the plane and its capabilities, it will take more time to adapt and integrate than with other aircraft, but we expect this process to take a year."

At present, the training center for the plane has trained four instructors who will be able to train pilots effectively without spending too many hours in the air, which will save money and prevent aircraft erosion as well as allow the optimal conditions for studying, according to the officer in charge of the training faculty.

Lieutenant Colonel Yotam adds that "we know from experience that integrating such advanced technology is complicated and time-consuming, but I'm confident that regarding the F-35 - the Adir, we will in a few years have an entirely different picture of our capabilities.

With its airborne intelligence gathering capabilities, I'm confident that we will be able to more easily distinguish what intelligence is important and what needs to be used and shared with others."

Everything here is top secret and conducted in full cooperation with the Americans, who provided details on every topic. When the planes are fully operational in 2019, they will contain both American systems as well as advanced Israeli communication and computer systems, which will enable electronic warfare.

The planes are also comparatively cheap, costing 98 million dollars as opposed to the F-15, which cost 110 million dollars.
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