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 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.
|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|
|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|