BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:10 P.M.) – Israel will use their F-35L stealth fighter jets in Syria, Galei Tzahel (Israeli Army radio) reported on Wednesday.
According to the Galei Tzahel report, the decision to use the F-35 comes in response to the Russian Federation’s decision to supply Syria with the S-300 air defense system.
“Galei Tzahal quoted a source in the Israeli Air Force who said that in light of the situation in Syria, Israel has decided to increase the use of F-35 stealth fighter in its attacks on Syria,” Arutz Sheva reported.
“The coming attacks won’t be the first, but they will be safer for the pilots in light of the new reality in Syria’s skies,” the source told Galei Tzahal, as quoted by Arutz Sheva.
“This is the most expensive weapon in the world, and it’s the most advanced airplane in the world. Israel paid 125 million for each plane, and the Defense Ministry purchased 50 of the Model A planes… Our planes are called the F-35I. Eight of the planes have already landed in Israel and 33 are expected to arrive by 2021,” they added.