«Adir» Fighters

On November 08, 2017 (Wednesday), two additional «Adir» (F-35I Lightning II) stealth fighters landed in Nevatim Air Force Base (AFB). The jets will join the seven fighters that landed in Israel over the past year and will soon undergo a fitness inspection.

The latest addition to the 140th Squadron (Photography: Israel Defense Forces Spokesperson Unit)
The latest addition to the 140th Squadron (Photography: Israel Defense Forces Spokesperson Unit)

The new aircraft were escorted by a pair of «Adir» (F-35I Lightning II) jets that have already been integrated in Israel.

The two aircraft will join the seven fighters that landed in Israel over the past year and are the latest addition to the 140th Squadron («Golden Eagle»). With nine «Adir» (F-35I Lightning II) aircraft in Israel, the platform will soon undergo an initial fitness inspection.

The first two «Adir» (F-35I Lightning II) stealth fighters landed in Israel about a year ago, and seven additional aircraft have arrived since on three separate occasions. Throughout the past year, the stealth fighter underwent a series of tests and experiments in which the Israeli Air Force (IAF) learned to operate the new platform such as live munition fire and aerial refueling. Next month, the squadron will undergo a fitness inspection in which the IAF’s stealth fighters’ capabilities and readiness will be validated. Upon the completion of the inspection, the «Adir» (F-35I Lightning II) will become operational.

 

Specifications

Length 51.4 feet/15.7 m
Height 14.4 feet/4.38 m
Wingspan 35 feet/10.7 m
Wing area 460 feet2/42.7 m2
Horizontal tail span 22.5 feet/6.86 m
Weight empty 29,300 lbs/13,290 kg
Internal fuel capacity 18,250 lbs/8,278 kg
Weapons payload 18,000 lbs/8,160 kg
Maximum weight 70,000 lbs class/31,751 kg
Standard internal weapons load Two AIM-120C air-to-air missiles
Two 2,000-pound/907 kg GBU-31 JDAM (Joint Direct Attack Munition) guided bombs
Propulsion (uninstalled thrust ratings) F135-PW-100
Maximum Power (with afterburner) 43,000 lbs/191,3 kN/19,507 kgf
Military Power (without afterburner) 28,000 lbs/128,1 kN/13,063 kgf
Engine Length 220 in/5.59 m
Engine Inlet Diameter 46 in/1.17 m
Engine Maximum Diameter 51 in/1.30 m
Bypass Ratio 0.57
Overall Pressure Ratio 28
Speed (full internal weapons load) Mach 1.6 (~1,043 knots/1,200 mph/1,931 km/h)
Combat radius (internal fuel) >590 NM/679 miles/1,093 km
Range (internal fuel) >1,200 NM/1,367 miles/2,200 km
Maximum g-rating 9.0

 

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