Lockheed Martin has carried out of the first F-35A Lightning II fighter jet for the Israeli Air Force (IAF). The event held on 22 June was attended by the representatives of Israeli and U.S. governments. The aircraft was named as Adir in Israeli service.
Israel’s program of record is 33 F-35A Conventional Take Off and Landing, or CTOL F-35A Lightning II aircraft, acquired through the U.S. government’s Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program. Israel’s contribution to the F-35 program includes wing production by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), helmet-mounted display system work by Elbit Systems, and center fuselage composite components production by Elbit Systems-Cyclone.