Israel’s first Lockheed Martin F-35I (Adir) squadron will be officially established in early August, as its air force advances preparations ahead of taking delivery of the type in early 2017.
A second F-35I squadron is planned in the future, and the air force is already examining the possibility of standing up a third unit equipped with the fifth-generation fighter.
“Receiving these aircraft is a pioneering move which also includes great uncertainty,” the commander of the lead F-35I squadron, identified by the service as Lt Col Yotam, told the Israeli air force website. “The challenges we will most certainly come across and deal with by ourselves will turn into knowledge that will later be conveyed to other countries. We will gain a great deal of experience.” […]