Israel to purchase the first batch of 20 F-35I equipment number may reach 75
Israel ordered the first batch of F-35I fighter-type aircraft is the Air Force base
According to the U.S.,” Defense News “website October 8, 2010 reported that after eight years in the political color of the assessment and quite negotiations, the Israeli government officially announced: Israel will be equipped to become the first F-35 Joint Strike Fighter’s non-partner countries.
10 7 May, Israeli Defense Minister, Major General Udi Shani signed the U.S. Pentagon and the drafting of the offer acceptance (Letter of Offer and Acceptance, LOA), Israel will purchase the first batch of 20 U.S. Air Force structure The F-35I fighter-type, delivery will begin in 2015. The entire contract package totaling $ 2.75 billion, including engines, simulators, spare parts and maintenance.
Shani said this procurement for Israel’s national economy is very important because the U.S. prime contractor Lockheed Martin and its principal industrial partners have pledged will “billions of dollars” subcontract work related to the Israeli company.
Shani also said Israel would also like to purchase more of the JSF. He personally more optimistic about the Pentagon’s original notices submitted to the Congress and with Lockheed Martin reached an industrial cooperation agreement, because they allow Israel to purchase up to 75 JSF. Lockheed emphasized that Israel will be the first F-35 Foreign Military Sales customers.
U.S. officials involved in the procurement, including the U.S. Air Force for International Affairs, Acting Deputy Minister Heidi Grant, JSF program executive David Venlet, from the Defense Security Cooperation Agency Karen Garvey and the main contractor Lockheed De Mading’s Ralph Heath. (China Aviation Industry Development Research Center Liaomeng Hao)