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The Israeli government will receive a first order of 20 JSF by the end of 2015, with

Israel is still considering whether or not it wants to purchase the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II (also known as the Joint Strike Fighter) aircraft, as Defense Minister Ehud Barak and other Israeli government officials discuss the expensive investment.

Previous approval granted Israel the right to purchase 75 JSFs, but Israel initially only wants just 20 aircraft.  The country expects to pay more than $140 million for each F-35, and it's unknown if Israel will be able to install all of its own equipment into the aircraft.

Previously, the U.S. government said it would remove some of its own hardware and offer an alternative or allow the purchasing nation to make slight alternations.  Continued negotiations take place, but it's likely Israel will fulfill the rest of its order after the first 20 aircraft are accepted.

"We work according to the assumption that other countries will receive the jet, and that is why we need to be the first,” an IDF officer recently disclosed.  "The JSF not only provides unbelievable capabilities, but will also assist Israel in boosting its deterrence.”

After agreed upon configurations, Israel will begin to receive its new aircraft by the end of 2015, with future orders expected to arrive shortly after.  Although there are some early contract problems, Israel and the United States are expected to come to a fair agreement as quickly as possible.

Lockheed Martin has been given approval to sell the aircraft to select countries, but cannot offer certain electronics and hardware aboard the aircraft.

The Australian military is interested in purchasing up to 100 JSF, but want to see additional testing information before purchasing the costly aircraft.  If an agreement with Lockheed cannot be finalized, it's possible Australia will work with Russia.  Canada is expected to purchase up to 65 JSF -- negotiations are ongoing with other countries as well.

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RE: Israel should get these ASAP
By BZDTemp on 8/13/2010 7:32:24 PM , Rating: -1
Israel mostly use planes to bomb civilians so there is not much info to be learned from that.

RE: Israel should get these ASAP
By NanoTube1 on 8/13/2010 7:49:13 PM , Rating: 2
No, we use them to drink the blood of babies. We need the stealth so the parents won't see us when we snatch their kids.


RE: Israel should get these ASAP
By SPOOFE on 8/13/2010 7:51:33 PM , Rating: 2
Only their blood?

RE: Israel should get these ASAP
By NanoTube1 on 8/15/2010 5:52:16 PM , Rating: 1
Depends on the situation.

In Haiti's earthquake for example, our Doctors in the field hospital we sent were hungry after harvesting all the organs from the poor Haitians that they "treated" so they indulged themselves on some baby livers shake. It's actually based on an old Jewish recipe from Europe, way back when we used to drink a similar shake during passover... where do you think the "will it blend?" guy got his idea from? hmmmm?!

Ok, all this baby shake talk made me hungry, I'm gonna fry me some palestinian nipples. Will be back soon.

RE: Israel should get these ASAP
By FITCamaro on 8/14/2010 9:57:02 AM , Rating: 2
Civilians....with guns...and mortars....and rockets....

RE: Israel should get these ASAP
By gilboa on 8/14/2010 6:44:42 PM , Rating: 2
You got it all wrong.

We use them to bomb **innocent** civilians, mostly babies.
And puppies.
Especially the cute ones.

Hopefully the *civilians* that surround *you*, will lob >10,000 rockets on *your* house and send hurds of suicide bombers to visit *your* favorite shopping mall, and then we'll sit down on what used to be your house and talk about what should and should not be done to fight terrorism.

- Gilboa

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