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  • Israeli air force F-35I

    Israel to add 25 more F-35s under latest $3bn deal


    The agreement between Israel and USA will increase the Israeli air force’s fleet of Lockheed Martin F-35s to 75 aircraft, with the new jets forming a third squadron of the fifth-generation stealth fighters.

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    Dutch court blocks export of F-35 parts to Israel


    Amsterdam has said it will appeal the ruling by a Dutch court, which gave the government seven days to cease the transfer of US-owned F-35 components to Israel, citing concerns about that country’s conduct during ongoing military operations inside the Gaza Strip.

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    Israel returns for more AW119Kx helicopters


    Israel is to purchase an additional number of Leonardo Helicopters AW119Kx rotorcraft sourced via the USA’s Foreign Military Sales (FMS) mechanism in a deal worth almost $30 million.

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    Israel approves CH-53K purchase


    Israel’s government has approved the acquisition of Sikorsky CH-53K heavy-lift helicopters for its air force.

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    USA clears Israel to buy 18 Sikorsky CH-53K King Stallion heavy-lift helicopters


    The US Department of State has approved a possible Foreign Military Sales deal to supply Israel with 18 examples of the Sikorsky CH-53K King Stallion heavy-lift helicopter.

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    Israel picks CH-53K as next heavy-lift helicopter


    Israel has become the first export customer for the Sikorsky CH-53K, having selected the heavy-lift helicopter as a replacement for its fleet of elderly CH-53D ‘Yasur’ rotorcraft which have been in service since the 1960s.

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    Israel signs for Boeing KC-46, plans for more F-35s and heavy lift helicopters


    The Israeli ministry of defence has signed a letter of acceptance (LOA) for two Boeing KC-46 in-flight refuelling tankers.

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    Elbit lands follow-on T-6A trainer support deal with Israel


    Elbit Systems has secured a contract worth $38 million to provide continued operational, maintenance and logistics support for the Israeli air force’s fleet of Beechcraft T-6A basic trainers.

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    Israel to link fleet upgrade with follow-on F-15I buy


    Israel has proposed a deal to purchase additional Boeing F-15s, in a package that would also include upgrading the Israeli air force's existing I-model examples of the strike aircraft.

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    Israel pulls F-15s from US exercise amid border tensions


    Israel has cancelled the planned participation of its Boeing F-15 strike aircraft at a Red Flag Alaska-series exercise in the USA next month, after air force commanders decided that all its frontline fighters should remain at their bases to meet potential hostilities.

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    Israel revives interest in V-22 purchase


    ​Israeli personnel have taken a fresh opportunity to assess the Bell Boeing MV-22's capabilities, during a joint exercise conducted with the US Marine Corps.

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    Israel keeps quiet over F-35I's combat debut


    Israel’s Lockheed Martin F-35I "Adir" is reported to have made its combat debut during strikes conducted against Syrian air defence systems last month. The action was mounted following a border clash that culminated in an Israeli air force Lockheed F-16 being shot down by a surface-to-air missile.

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    Israel concerned over Su-57 debut in Syria


    ​Russia's surprise deployment of Sukhoi Su-57s to a base inside Syria has positioned its new stealth fighter within the same region of operations as the Israeli air force's Lockheed Martin F-35I.

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    ANALYSIS: How F-16I loss will reshape Israel's offensive strategy


    A sequence of events that began with the shooting down of an Iranian copy of the Lockheed Martin RQ-170 Sentinel stealth unmanned air vehicle led to an Israeli air force Lockheed F-16I being shot down, and a massive aerial attack being launched against at least a dozen targets inside Syria.

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    Israeli air force targets Lieberman's rocket plan


    ​Israeli defence minister Avigdor Lieberman has expressed his full support for the development of a capability to attack targets at ranges of up to 270nm (500km) using surface-to-surface missiles, instead of combat aircraft.

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    Elbit lands Israeli Hercules training deal


    Elbit Systems is to provide the Israeli air force with flight simulation services to support operations with its Lockheed Martin C-130 Hercules tactical transports until 2030.

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    Israeli navy shifts focus to VTOL UAV


    Israel's navy plans to operate vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) unmanned air vehicles from its new Saar 6 corvettes, with the selected type to be used in conjunction with an incoming fleet of Sikorsky SH-60F Seahawk maritime helicopters.

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    Israel declares its F-35I fleet combat-ready


    The Israeli air force on 6 December declared its Lockheed Martin F-35I "Adir" combat aircraft as having achieved initial operational capability.

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    Israel offers Croatia mixed fleet of F-16s


    ​Israel's defence ministry is offering to supply Croatia with a mix of 12 second-hand Lockheed Martin F-16s, facing competition from Saab Gripens being promoted by Sweden.

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    Israel ready to receive next two F-35Is at Nevatim


    Israel's air force is due to receive its next two Lockheed Martin F-35Is before the end of this week, boosting its fleet of the type to nine. The aircraft will touch down at Nevatim air base in the south of the country.