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New additions to Israel's fleet of F-35 'Adir' stealth fighter jets.

Israel received three more F-35 “Adir” stealth fighter jets on Sunday from the United States.

The new aircraft landed at Nevatim Air Base in the Negev.


The new arrivals bring Israel’s F-35 fleet to a total of 36 aircraft; an additional 14 jets are expected to be delivered by 2024, the IDF said, bringing to 50 the total number of stealth fighters in the fleet.

The F-35 has the most advanced sensor suite of any fighter in history, according to manufacturer Lockheed Martin.

Last Thursday, the Israel Air Force sent its F-35 Adir stealth fighters to escort two American B-52 bomber aircraft through Israeli airspace as they headed back to US CENTCOM from the Persian Gulf.

It was the first time that Israel’s F-35 stealth fighter jets escorted US aircraft, the IDF said. In the past, the IAF has sent its F-16 or F-16 combat jets to escort American B-52 bombers as they fly back and forth from the Persian Gulf.

“The flight took place as part of the increasing cooperation with the US military, which is a significant component of the national security of the State of Israel, maintaining regional stability and thwarting regional threats,” the IDF said in its statement.


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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.