In a decisive move to fortify its aerial might, Israel has announced a groundbreaking $3 billion deal to acquire an additional squadron of Lockheed Martin’s elite F-35 stealth fighter jets.

Defense Minister Yoav Gallant unveiled the ambitious purchase this Tuesday, June 4, emphasizing the strategic enhancement of Israel’s defense capabilities and the deepening of its alliances in an increasingly turbulent region.

The deal comprises the purchase of 25 cutting-edge F-35 fighter jets, celebrated for their stealth capabilities, superior avionics, and versatility in air-to-air and air-to-ground missions.

With deliveries slated to commence in 2028, this addition will increase Israel’s F-35 fleet to a robust 75, making it one of the most formidable air forces globally.

Defense Minister Yoav Gallant highlighted the strategic and geopolitical significance of this deal, stating, “At a time when some of our adversaries aim to undermine our ties with our greatest ally, we only further strengthen our alliance.”

He added that the acquisition “sends a powerful message to our enemies across the region,” reinforcing the notion that Israel remains undeterred in its defense strategy and international partnerships.

F-35: Unmatched Combat Readiness

The F-35, renowned as the world’s most advanced fifth-generation fighter, offers capabilities that include evading radar detection, collecting critical intelligence, deep-strike ability, and superior aerial combat performance.