October 7, 2010 (by Jack Giese) - Following the Israeli Government decision to select the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II as the Israel Air Force's next-generation fighter aircraft, Israeli Ministry of Defense Director General (Maj. Gen. Ret.) Udi Shani signed the Letter of Offer and Acceptance for the procurement of the F-35 aircraft in New York.
AF-01 and AF-02 F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters are photographed as they head to Edwards AFB in these publicity shots taken on May 17th, 2010.
will be the first country to receive the F-35 through the United States government’s Foreign Military Sales process.
"We're very pleased with the Government of Israel's decision to move forward with the U.S. government's Letter of Offer and Acceptance for the F-35," said Tom Burbage, Lockheed Martin executive vice president and general manager of F-35 Program Integration.
"This is another step in the longstanding relationship between Lockheed Martin and the nation of Israel. The Lightning II will strengthen Israel's national security posture both militarily and industrially."
Lockheed Martin is developing the F-35 with its principal industrial partners, Northrop Grumman and BAE
Systems. Two separate, interchangeable F-35 engines are under development: the Pratt & Whitney F135 and the GE
Rolls-Royce Fighter Engine Team F136.