|IAF F-35I 'Adir' at its unveiling in Texas|
There are several countries around the world who will eventually be flying the F-35A variant, but in all the world there is only one F-35I and Israel has it. Israel will be the first country in the world outside of the U.S. to have an operational F-35I 'Adir' squadron, and that will occur sometime late next year when the next nine aircraft are delivered to Israel.
|This bad bird guarantees Israel Air Force's domination of Mid-East skies|
13 December 2016: The uniqueness of the F-35I is mostly found in its avionics package and other technological goodies built by Israel's Elbit Systems and IAI. And that uniqueness will expand well beyond anything the Adir's designers imagined. The Israeli pilots who will fly this incredible aircraft will in the coming months develop operational procedures that other countries can only dream about. This aircraft will ensure that Israel will not only dominate the skies of the Middle East for the foreseeable future, but will enable it to take on combat missions it has thus far not been fully capable of executing as would be desirable with the F-16I Sufa and F-15I Ra'am. The F-35I 'Adir' will execute these missions at less cost and with less support which can be allocated to other fronts needing attention.