Israel’s Adir f 35 draws first combat blood for the fighter worldwide 

 

 

Israel is the first nation to ever use the F-35 joint strike fighter in combat mission over the Middle East.

On Tuesday the head of the Israel Air Force, Major General Amikam Norkin announced external link that the aircraft had already participated in two airstrikes. Operating over Syrian airspace, a country equipped with the S-400 Russian air-defense systems, requires careful targeting and maximum survivability, the F-35’s two strongest attributes.

Israel is a Security Cooperation Partner in the F-35 II program and is allowed to integrate its own ECM defensive equipment and its own weapons like Rafael’s Python 5 short-range air-to-air missile and Spice GPS/IIR guided smart bomb.

The F-35 ‘Adir’ is a key part of their IAF recapitalization plans, however it is yet unclear if the country will decide to expand its F-35 order beyond the 50 jets under contract or to buy more F-15s.

 

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