The first two Israeli combat aircraft of the fifth generation F-35I («Adir») flew from the US and made an interim stop on the basis of «Lajes» on the Portuguese Azores Islands.
The aircraft is expected to arrive in Israel on 12 December and will be posted on the air force base «Nevatim» in the Negev.
It should be noted that Israel will become not only the first ally of the United States, which will receive the newest plane, but the only one that got the right to install on the F-35 systems. This requirement was due to a substantial delay in the negotiations for the purchase of the first batch of aircraft.
In total, Israel should by the end of 2020 to 33 aircraft and 4 flight simulator with a total value of $ 5.3 billion. It is planned that up to half of the training, the pilots will spend it at the gym, which should significantly reduce the cost of training.