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F-35I Adir  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 7 December 2017
Total Production: 51
Unitary Cost: USD$154 million
Origin: Israel and United States of America
Corporations: BAE Systems, Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd. (IAI), Lockheed Martin* and Northrop Grumman   (*) lead contractor
Parent System: F-35 Lightning II
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 31 July 2015
Maiden Flight: 15 December 2006
Total Production: 3,057
Total Cost: USD$379 billion
Family Members: F-35A Lightning II, F-35B Lightning II and F-35C Lightning II
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Description: The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) is the United States Department of Defense (US DoD) program intended as the replacement for a variety of airborne platforms used by the US Air Force (USAF), US Navy (USN) and US Marine Corps (USMC) as well as allied nations. The F-35's size and maneuverability characteristics are similar to those of the F-16, its integrated avionics makes possible to carry out multiple missions using the same platform and its stealthy airframe gives the first-look, first-shoot capability. The first-look, first-shoot seems to be the cornerstone of air-to-air engagements of the 21st century as it did the maneuverability during the second half of the 20th century. Due to stealthy restrictions, the F-35 carries the weaponry in a single/double inner bay and not externally attached to hard points. The internal weapons bay reduces the drag providing a better aerodynamic performance. Less drag also translates into increased range and higher sustained speed. When air superiority has been established the F-35 can use weapons carried externally increasing its Radar Cross Section (RCS) and becoming more vulnerable to radar-based threats.

The F-35 aircraft will feature the fully integrated, nose-mounted EOTS providing day, night and all weather air-to-air/surface targeting, situational awareness, and target recognition. The EOTS advanced sensor will assume the functions of current LANTIRN, LITENING, and Sniper XR systems with the asset to be useful for air-to-air engagements using its Infrared (IR) search and track (IRST) capability. The F-35 main sensor, the APG-81 radar, is an active electronically scanned array (AESA). The F-35 primary role is air-to-surface precision strike with a secondary air-to-air capability. The Joint Strike Fighter concept is flexible enough to perform any mission. The United States is developing three main versions known as the F-35A (USAF), F-35B (USMC) and F-35C (USN and USMC). On 7 July 2006, the US Air Force chief of staff - General T. Michael Moseley - announced Lightning II as the F-35 name. The P-38 was the first aircraft named Lightning. P-38 was also a strike fighter and played an important role during World War II.

One key element of the F-35 JSF program is to reduce the aircraft's logistics support needs with less than half the people, parts and equipment to deploy rapidly anywhere in the world. The program also will focus on minimizing the reliance on aerial refueling aircraft. For fourth generation aircraft operation-and-support costs meant more than 60 percent of aircraft's total ownership costs. JSF will amend that figure by 20-30 percent. This will be done primarily through built-in Prognostics and Health Management (PHM) capabilities will monitor the status of aircraft systems and automatically transmit the information to maintainers on the ground. PHM will enable technicians to meet the aircraft with all necessary tools, people and parts to conduct the maintenance and get the plane airborne again quickly. The F-35 aircraft program expectations call for more than 3,000 airplanes to be produced by 2035 becoming the most important military program in the 21st century.

The Israel Air Force (IAF) F-35I Adir is a variant of the F-35A Lightning II featuring some unique modifications required by the Jewish state despite the initial refusal by the USAF to allow such initiative. Israel will integrate its own electronic warfare systems such as sensors and countermeasures designed and produced domestically. The F-35I's main computer will be provided with Israeli electronics. Additionally, the F-35I will feature an external jamming pod, new air-to-air missiles and guided bombs in the internal weapon bays. Israeli Aerospace Industries (IAI) will be the major Israeli contractor involved in the F-35I program supplying avionics and electronic warfare equipment. Besides, IAI may play a key role developing a proposed two-seat F-35 as well as conformal fuel tanks for the F-35I aircraft. The F-35I may achieve Initial Operational Capability (IOC) by 2017-2018 with some 75/100 airplanes to be procured over the following decade. As of late 2014, Israel seems to be targeting only 50 airplanes by 2020.

F-35I Adir Specifications

Crew: 1
External Stations: 6
Internal Stations: 4
Number of Engines: 1
Service Life Flight Hours: 8,000
Radar Cross Section (RCS): 0.10 square meter (1,000 square cm)
Wing Area: 460 square foot (43 square meter)
Height: 14.2 foot (4.33 meter)
Length: 51 foot (15.7 meter)
Main Gun Caliber: 25 millimeter
Wingspan: 35 foot (10.7 meter)
Max Maneuvering Load Factor: 9 g
Availability: 37 %
Ceiling: 60,000 foot (18,288 meter)
Max Range: 1,200 nautical mile (1,381 mile)
Radius of Operation: 584 nautical mile (1,082 kilometer)
Top Speed at High Altitude: 1.60 mach (1,913 kph)
Empty Weight: 29,300 pound (13.3 ton)
External Payload: 15,000 pound
Fuel Load: 18,480 pound (8.38 ton)
Max Takeoff Thrust: 43,000 pound (19,505 kilogram)
Max Takeoff Weight: 70,000 pound (31.8 ton)
Operational Weight: 49,540 pound (22,471 kilogram)
Payload: 18,000 pound (8.16 ton)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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F-35I Adir News

There are 8 news between
21 Nov 2014 and 27 Dec 2018
Thursday, December 27, 2018Israel F-35I to Feature New Super-Stealth Wings
Tuesday, May 22, 2018F-35 Stealth Jet Performs First Strike Mission Flying with Israeli Air Force
Wednesday, January 24, 2018Orbital ATK Awarded Contract to Develop AARGM-ER Anti-Radiation Missile
Thursday, December 7, 2017Israel Air Force Declares F-35 Operational
Monday, November 28, 2016Israel to Buy 17 Additional F-35I Stealth Fighter Aircraft
Wednesday, June 22, 2016First Israel Air Force F-35I Adir Rolled Out
Monday, December 21, 2015Lockheed Martin Awarded Advance Acquisition Contract for 91 Lot 11 F-35 Aircraft
Friday, November 21, 2014US DoD Awards Lockheed Martin Lot 8 LRIP F-35 Contract for 43 Aircraft

Operators & Related Equipment

Aircraft ordered under Lot 8 (2); Lot 9 (7); Lot 11 (10)
Nov 201814
Dec 20179delivered as F-35A

Grand Total 511
Cannons & Gear
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Defensive Weapons
Offensive Weapons
Propulsion Systems
Protection Systems
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Sensor Systems
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