The Ministry of defense of Israel gave to the Pentagon document, notification of consent to implement the option for the purchase of 17 combat aircraft of the fifth generation F-35 in addition to the 33 already purchased, according to the portal walla.
The cost of each plane – about $ 100 million.
Thus, in the IDF air force will be formed for two full squadrons of 25 aircraft each.
At the moment, at the disposal of the IDF 5 of the F-35 aircraft. In August-September the country will arrive 4 more of the aircraft, and during 2018 – 9 machines. Delivery of the first 33 aircraft will be completed in 2021.