“It sends a powerful message to our adversaries across the region.”

Jerusalem:

Israel said on Tuesday it had signed a $3 billion deal to buy a third squadron of 25 advanced F-35 stealth fighter jets made by Lockheed Martin, with deliveries starting in 2028.

“At a time when some of our adversaries seek to undermine our relationship with our greatest ally, we only strengthen our alliance,” Defense Minister Yves Gallant said in a statement announcing the deal.

“It sends a powerful message to our adversaries across the region.”

The Defense Ministry said the deal would bring the number of F-35s in Israel’s fleet to 75.

“The delivery of aircraft to the IDF (army) will begin in 2028 at a rate of three to five aircraft per year,” the ministry said in a statement.

Israel is the only country in the Middle East with F-35s, the world’s most advanced stealth fighter jets capable of gathering intelligence, striking deep into enemy territory and engaging in aerial warfare. Can be used for

In May 2018, Israel’s military said it had become the first country to use the F-35 in combat.

Even before the war with Hamas began on October 7, Israel had launched hundreds of strikes on Syrian territory during the country’s years-long war, mainly against Iran-backed forces and the Lebanese Hezbollah. Fighters as well as Syrian army positions were targeted.

In April, Iran launched its first direct attack on Israel, using more than 300 drones and missiles during its war with Hamas in Gaza.

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