Israel Receives its 1st F-35's

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    Israel Receives 2 F-35's


    Israel on Monday became the first country after the United States to receive the U.S.-built F-35 stealth jet which will increase its ability to attack distant targets, including Iran.

    The much-hyped arrival of the first two fighter jets was overshadowed by U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's tweet that Lockheed Martin's whole F-35 project was too expensive, and the delivery was delayed for hours by bad weather preventing their take-off from Italy.

    The squadron is expected to be the first operational outside the United States. The planes are the first of 50, costing around $100 million each.

    "Our long arm has now become longer and mightier," said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the Nevatim air base in the southern Negev desert.

    U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter, also attending the ceremony which was delayed until after dark, said the planes were critical to maintaining Israel's military edge in the region.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/us-israel-usa-jet-carter-idUSKBN1411ZH
     
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