November 18, 1997 (by Lieven Dewitte) - It has been known for some time that Israel is looking for as much as 100 new fighters by the turn of the century.
The latest rumors suggest that Israel
plans to buy a supposed number of 30 new F-16s, probably block 60s with partially Israeli avionics. Around the same time, F-4E's (that were not upgraded), will phase out from service. The rest of the order would consist of F-15Is, but if a 2nd batch of F-15Is would prove to be too expensive, then the obvious alternative would be to buy improved F-16D's.