Between F15 and F35, Israel chooses the 2!

Despite a public deficit of around 3,8% in 2019, the Israeli military authorities have announced two new orders for combat aircraft, to equip a new F35i squadron and a F15i squadron, or 25 devices of each type, for an amount exceeding $ 3 billion. Far from being a non-decision, the Israeli Air Force considers that the combination of the performances of these two aircraft is most likely to meet the challenges to come in the region.

It was in 2010 that Israel placed a first order of 19 F35i from the United States, a version of the F35A carrying certain electronic equipment and armaments of Israeli origin. A second order for 14 aircraft was placed in 2015, and the last 17 aircraft to reach the target of 50 F35i in the fleet were ordered in 2016. Today, the IAF has 20 F35i online, and 7 new aircraft will be delivered in 2020, allowing the implementation of the second squadron planned.

The significant autonomy and carrying capacity of the F15i represents an asset which the IAF does not want to get rid of

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