|Status:||Delivered / On Order||On Order|
|Number:||2 / 48||1st batch: 6; 2nd batch: 24 (100 planned)|
|Cost:||$2.75 billion for first 19 aircraft (2010); $2.82 billion for second batch of 14 (2015); $2.5 billion for 3rd batch of 17 (2016)||$16 billion (expected)|
|Acquired:||December 12, 2016-2019||1st batch: 2018; 2nd batch: 2021-2022|
|Country of origin:||Primary developer and financial backer: USA|
|Tier 1 supporter: UK|
|Tier 2: Italy and the Netherlands|
|Tier 3: Australia, Canada, Denmark, Norway and Turkey|
|Role:||Multirole Stealth Fighter|
|Manufacturer:||Primary contractor: Lockheed Martin|
|Partners: Northrop Grumman, BAE Systems and Pratt & Whitney|
|Power plant:||1 x Pratt & Whitney F135-PW-100 Turbofan|
|Thrust:||Dry: 28,000 lb (128.1 kN)|
|Afterburner: 43,000 lb (191.3 kN)|
|Wingspan:||35 ft (10.7 m)|
|Length:||51.4 ft (15.7 m)|
|Height:||14.4 ft (4.4 m)|
|Weight (empty):||29,300 lb (13,290.3 kg)|
|Maximum takeoff weight:||70,000 lb (31,751.5 kg)|
|Fuel Capacity (internal):||18,250 lb (8,278 kg)|
|Speed:||Mach 1.6 (1,200 mph / 1,931.2 km/h)|
|Ceiling:||50,000 ft+ (15,240 m+)|
|Range:||Ferry range: >1,380.9 miles (2,222 km)|
|Combat radius: >590 miles (1,093 km)|
|Armament:||18,000 lb (8,164.67 kg)|
|2 x internal bays w/ 2 x hardpoints each|
|6 x external hardpoints|
|Guns:||1 x 25mm GAU-22/A 4 x barrel Gatling gun|
|Air-to-ground:||GBU-10 Paveway II 2,000 lb bomb|
|GBU-12 Paveway II 500 lb bomb|
|GBU-16 Paveway II 1,000 lb bomb|
|GBU-24 Paveway III 2,000 lb bomb|
|GBU-31 JDAM 2,000 lb bomb|
|GBU-32 JDAM 1,000 lb bomb|
|GBU-38 JDAM 500 lb bomb|
|GBU-39 Small Diameter Bomb (SDB)|
|AGM-154A/C JSOW glide bomb|
|CBU-99/100 Rockeye II cluster munition|
|CBU-103/105 Sensor Fused Weapon|
|Radar/Sensors:||AN/APG-81 AESA Radar|
|Electro-Optical Targeting System (EOTS)|
|AN/AAQ-37 Distributed Aperture System (DAS)|
|Countermeasures/Defenses:||Threat Nullification Defensive Resource (ThNDR) *planned|
|Misc Systems:||Helmet mounted display system|
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On political and diplomatic issues, this law confirms America’s unwavering commitment to Israel’s existence as a Jewish state. As Section 3 of the law clarifies, it is the policy of the United States to veto any one-sided anti-Israel resolutions at the United Nations Security Council while encouraging Israel’s neighbors to recognize Israel’s inherent right to exist as a Jewish States. The United States government will also encourage further development of advanced technology programs between the two countries, and concurrently assist Israel in advancing a peaceful negotiated settlement to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
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- Provide Israel support as necessary to increase development and production of joint missile defense systems
- Provide assistance specifically for the production and procurement of the Iron Dome anti-missile defense system
- Provide Israel with improved defense services, including air refueling tankers, missile defense capabilities and specialized munitions
- Allocate additional weaponry and munitions for the forward-deployed United States stockpile in Israel
- Provide additional surplus defense articles in relation to the United States’ withdrawal from Iraq
- Offer additional training and exercise opportunities for the Israeli Air Force
- Expand Israel’s authority to make purchases under the Foreign Military Financing program.
- Encourage an expanded role for Israel in NATO, politically and militarily
- Expand intelligence sharing and cooperation between the two countries
- Assess how to improve the cost-efficiency and purchasing process for Israel’s procurement of F-35 aircraft.
S. 2165, the United States-Israel Enhanced Security Cooperation Act of 2012, was signed into law on July 27, 2012