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Head of the F-35 JPO Visits Israel Release date 24.08.2017
The recently appointed Head of the F-35 JPO (Joint Program Office), Vice Admiral Mathias Winter, visited Israel this week and was exposed to the “Adir” (F-35I) stealth fighter’s progress towards IOC (Initial Operational Capability)
Carmel Stern

Today (Thursday), a delegation led by the recently appointed head of the F-35 JPO Vice Admiral Mathias Winter completed its visit to Israel and returned to the United States. Vice Admiral Winter was appointed Head of the Joint Program Office last May, and this is his first visit to Israel. The JPO is the main element in the United States responsible for development of the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) project – the F-35.

 
Photography: Adi Abu

Vice Adm. Winter's visit was five days long, in which he'd met with IAF Commander Maj. Gen. Amikam Norkin, and visited Israeli Aerospace Industries. He also visited Hatzerim, Tel-Nof and Nevatim AFBs, the last of which being home to the IAF’s first "Adir" (F-35I) Squadron (the "Golden Eagle" Squadron). "In light of the integration process we are undergoing - heading towards our first IOC inspection - we utilize the JPO's knowledge and experience in many fields", explained Maj. Roy, from the IAF International Affairs Branch. "Israel is the first country to integrate the stealth fighters outside the US, and so we have a lot to learn from the Americans".


Photography: Adi Abu

A Promising Future
During the delegation's visit to Nevatim AFB, they visited the "Adir" (F-35I) simulator, squadron and HAS (Hardened Aircraft Shelter). "The Admiral wanted to see the technical capabilities of the 'Adir' (F-35I) already integrated by the IAF and its future developmental capabilities. He witnessed the integration process from up close when visiting Nevatim AFB", added Maj. Roy.

Vice Admiral Winter was presented with the complex strategic challenges the IAF faces. As part of his visit, the Vice Admiral took off for a sortie in a "Sufa" (F-16I), where he was exposed to the density of the Israel’s airspace. "It felt like the Vice Admiral was very impressed by the processes and various developments presented to him", concluded Maj. Roy. "He showed full support for cooperation between the forces, and expressed a desire to deepen the collaboration".


Photography: Adi Abu