Israel’s defense minister, Ehud Barak, has given the go-ahead for a $2.75-billion purchase of 20 Lockheed Martin F-35I Lightning II fighters, which will be funded by U.S. military aid to Israel. The decision has yet to win approval from the Israeli government. Israel originally planned to buy 75 Joint Strike Fighters (JSF), with an initial option of 25 aircraft. According to defense ministry sources, the flyaway cost of the first aircraft will be $96 million, but this reflects only the ...


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