Lightning on the prowl: Israel acknowledges using F-35 in recent operations

Lightning on the prowl: Israel acknowledges using F-35 in recent operations
Israeli F-35 ADIR (foreground) goes through its paces. (Image: Screen grab of Warthog Defense video, YouTube)

[Ed. – Not a surprise.  We’ll let the blogosphere play with this for a couple of days and see what it comes up with, regarding those “two different fronts.”  No, I don’t think this means F-35s went to Iran for a proof-of-concept demonstration.  That doesn’t mean F-35s didn’t go to Iran.]

Israel has struck targets in the Middle East with the F-35 Adir jet twice, making the Jewish state the first country to use the stealth fighter in a combat role in the region, Israel Air Force Commander Maj.-Gen. Amikam Norkin announced on Tuesday.

“We are flying the F-35 all over the Middle East. It has become part of our operational capabilities. We are the first to attack using the F-35 in the Middle East and have already attacked twice on different fronts,” he said during the IAF Senior Air Force Conference in Herzliya. …

Israel declared initial operational capability of the world’s most advanced jet in December after receiving nine F-35 Adirs. The air force is expected to receive a total of 50 planes to make two full squadrons by 2024.

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Current US Department of Defense plans state that Washington will acquire a total of 2,456 F-35s for the United States Air Force, Marine Corps, and Navy. According to Lockheed Martin, over 280 F-35 aircraft have been delivered and are operating from 15 bases around the globe.

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