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Two "Adir" (F-35I) Jets Land In Israel Release date 14.09.2017
Today, two new "Adir" (F-35I) stealth fighters landed in Israel. The arrival of the aircraft is another step taken toward "Adir" (F-35I) IOC
Carmel Stern

Two new "Adir" (F-35I) aircraft landed today at Nevatim AFB. The two advanced stealth fighters joined the five "Adir" aircraft already in the squadron, and are another step forward in the advanced stealth fighter’s integration progress.

Photography: Celia Garion

"Today, the state of Israel received two more F-35I aircraft. The IAF continues to advance, improve and develop its capabilities. The arrival of two additional aircraft will allows us to become operational according to plan", said Brig. Gen. Eyal Grinboim, Commander of Nevatim AFB at the landing ceremony.

“The squadron’s results are amazing, we are slowly growing at a natural pace and I wish for us to continue doing so. May we enjoy our creativity and achieve operational capability soon”, added Lt. Col. Yotam, Commander of the "Golden Eagle" Squadron.

Brig. Gen. Grinboim | Photography: Celia Garion

Quick Integration
The "Golden Eagle" Squadron has been working on the integration of the new stealth fighters for the past nine months. The complex integration process included an intricate series of tests, among them aerial refueling and munition drops. "It’s a long process, and it's fundamentally different from the way we integrated aircraft in the past, such as the 'Sufa' (F-16I), 'Baz' (F-15), or 'Kurnas' (Phantom F-4)" explained Lt. Col. Yotam, Commander of the "Golden Eagle" Squadron. "As opposed to the previous aircraft, the 'Adir' is still in development. The previous aircraft's program versions were constantly being developed, but with the 'Adir', the developments aren't made just to the program blocks, but to the fundamental systems as well. The F-35's development process is entirely different from any other".

Photography: Celia Garion

Looking Ahead
The "Golden Eagle" Squadron plans to have nine “Adir” (F-35I) by the end of 2017, with an IOC inspection planned for December. "The fact that we will be able to function in any theater with full superiority with the F-35 is the reason we integrated the aircraft", added Brig. Gen. Grinboim.

"Every crewmember working on the 'Adir', whether it be under its wings or inside its cockpit, understands that we are a part of an historical process which influences the IAF, the State of Israel and the entire Middle East. This understanding accompanies our endeavors at every moment", concluded the “Adir” squadron commander.

Photography: Celia Garion