The U.S. and Israel are negotiating the purchase of fighter fifth-generation Lockheed Martin F-35B – short takeoff and vertical landing, according to the portal Walla, citing its own sources.
It is unclear how many of these aircraft will be able to get the Israeli air force. Walla writes about «the squadron». The cost of one fighter F-35B today is about 108 million dollars.
To date, Israel has purchased 34 F-35A and may acquire an additional 17 military aircraft of the fifth generation of the United States.
Saturday, 12 December, it became known that significant progress has been made in the negotiations for a Treaty on military assistance between Israel and the U.S. for the next ten years.
Last week in Israel was visited by the representatives of Pentagon and national security Council of the United States. They held talks with Israeli colleagues.
In the near future in the USA will go the Israeli delegation to continue talks on extending U.S. military assistance for ten years.
This question is for the Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu discussed during the recent visit to the United States with President Barack Obama.
In early November it became known that Israel had applied to the Ministry of defense initial request for an increase in the size of the defence assistance from 3 to 5 billion dollars a year.
The current agreement under which Israel receives 3 billion dollars a year to buy American weapons, expires in 2017.
The Israeli leadership justified the request for increased assistance should be significantly enhance deterrence of the IDF after the signing of the nuclear agreement with Iran.