Israel's 5th Generation Fighter

Israel became the first country to select the F-35 through the United States government's Foreign Military Sales process when a Letter of Agreement was signed in October 2010. On June 22, 2016, the Israeli Air Force received the first F-35A Adir for Israel at a ceremony at the Fort Worth, Texas, F-35 factory. The Israeli Air Force declared its F-35 fleet operationally capable in December 2017, marking the completion of an intensive integration and training effort conducted at Nevatim AFB, Israel. The Israeli Air Force gave the F-35 the Hebrew name Adir which, meaning "Mighty One" in Hebrew.

Program Stats

  • Aircraft Variant: F-35A 
  • Program of Record: 50 Aircraft
  • Aircraft Delivered: 14
  • Flight Hours: 3,100+
  • Pilots Trained: 10+
  • Maintainers Training: 60+

Economic Impact

  • Contract Value: $1.5 Billion

Base Locations

  • AFB Ghedi
  • AFB Amendola
  • NAS Taranto Cavour Carrier

Program Milestones 

  • 2010: Israel became the first country to select the F-35 through the U.S. government's Foreign Military Sales process
  • 2016: The Israeli Air Force received the first F-35I ADIR
  • 2016: The first Israeli F-35, known as
    F-35I ADIR AS-1 took flight in
    Fort Worth, TX
  • 2017: The Israeli Air Force declared Initial Operational Capability (IOC)
  • 2018: The Israeli Air Force announced that the first F-35 made its combat debut
  • 2018: The Israeli Air Force received first 3F aircraft