Lockheed Martin and Israeli Ministry of Defense officials commemorated the beginning of the first F-35A Adir fighter jet manufactured for Israel on January 7.

The aircraft, designated as F-35A Adir aircraft AS-1, officially began its mate process, where the four major components of the fighter aircraft are joined together in the electronic mate and assembly station to form the aircraft’s structure. AS-1 aircraft will continue its assembly and is expected to roll out of the factory in June 2016 and be delivered to the Israeli Air Force (IAF) later this year.

Israel has contracted for 33 F-35A Adir Conventional Take Off and Landing (CTOL) aircraft through the U.S. government’s Foreign Military Sales program.

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