Israel orders more F-35 warplanes from US

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Jerusalem (AFP) – Israel will order 17 more US-made F-35 warplanes to take its fleet of stealthy Joint Strike Fighters to 50 over the next few years, the premier’s office said Sunday.

A statement from Benjamin Netanyahu’s office said the green light for the order was given by the security cabinet.

The Jewish state is due to take delivery of its first F-35s next month.

US officials and industry executives insist the plane promises to become the ultimate stealth fighter jet, able to evade enemy radar while flying at supersonic speeds.

Outfitted with elaborate software, the F-35 resembles a flying computer.

Through the visor of a hi-tech helmet linked to on-board cameras, the pilot can “see” through the cockpit floor to the ground below — providing an unprecedented 360-degree view.

Israeli public radio said the purchase will come under the US military aid programme — in September, President…

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