Daily Israel Report

Defense Minister Off to US to Meet Hagel, View F-35

Minister Moshe Yaalon will meet key senators and take a look at the stealth fighter jet that the IAF is to obtain in a few years.
By Arutz Sheva
First Publish: 10/6/2013, 6:47 PM

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Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon is scheduled to fly to the United States for a working visit Sunday night.

He is scheduled to meet his American counterpart, Chuck Hagel, as well as UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon.

In addition, reports Maariv, Yaalon will meet the Chairman of the Senate's Foreign Relations Committee, Sen. Robert Menendez, and other senators, as well as Jewish community leaders.

Yaalon is also expected to visit the Lockheed Martin Aircraft Industries plant in Texas, where he will meet senior officials in the firm and get an up-close look at the F-35 fighter jet that Israel is to acquire in the coming years.

Lockheed Martin announced in June that Israel will be the first nation to receive its F-35 stealth fighter jets, the most expensive weapon in U.S. History. 

The army will receive two squadrons (of 24 aircraft each) of the F-35 future fighter, a deal to be covered by US aid to Israel. One squadron has already been ordered, and the actual delivery of the aircraft will begin in late 2016. The second squadron will be requisitioned in the following years.