BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:05 A.M.) – Israeli military officials and defense analysts are beginning to cast doubts over the country’s decision to purchase the US-built fifth-generation F-35 fighter jets.
In the latest national military review put together by various defense-related ministries within the Israeli government, a conclusion was reached with specific regard to the acquisition of F-35 fighters that placed emphasis on need to “meticulously” assess the jets already purchased and, interestingly enough, to begin considering alternatives if the aircraft did not meet Israeli Air Force expectations.
The sudden compromise in confidence over the fighter’s ability by Israel following practical assessment of it comes as no surprise for the aircraft is already known to be inherently flawed among other nations that have tested it.
US trials of the F-35 alone found nearly three hundred critical issues with the fighter that until resolved made it non-airworthy.
Israel currently has 50 F-35 fighters on order, seven of which have been delivered for the sake of trials. Whilst another 25 aircraft could yet be procured, the full delivery of the already purchased jets will likely not be completed until some time in the mid-2020s.