On it informs RIA announcements with reference to the press service of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. As noted in the statement, "the acquisition of the most advanced combat aircraft in the world is a fundamental step in strengthening the military potential of the country of Israel."
Details of the future were not disclosed. At the same time, according to the Israeli media, a batch of 20 aircraft — the first in the Middle East — the Israelis expect to receive in the years 2015-17 and pay for a purchase price of around 3 billion dollars at the expense of U.S. military aid.
The deal, approved last month by the Ministry of Defense of Israel back was quite approved at the meeting of the military-political cabinet that connects voedinyzhdy heads of major ministries and security agencies of the country.
F-35 Lightning II — unobtrusive multi-role fighter-bomber, which is engaged in the development of the company with the assistance of Lockheed Martin Northrop Grumman and BAE Systems. Plane developed in 3 versions — ground fighter, deck fighter and a fighter with short takeoff and vertical landing.
Flight tests of the F-35 began in December 2006. Together with the United States in the project development of a multipurpose fighter uchavstvujut another eight countries: Australia, England, Canada, Denmark, Netherlands, Norway, Italy and Turkey.
Earlier, the evaluation office software price (Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation office) of the Ministry of Defense reported that the price of the fighter programs from the fifth generation F-35 could eventually exceed twice the initially planned amount.
Namely, price Each aircraft can exceed 100 million dollars. In this case, programm Creation F-35 will be the most expensive in the history of the Pentagon.