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F-35I: Israel Has Its Very Own Custom Stealth Fighter

’s air superiority over the Middle East can be attributed to its unique stealth fighter jet – the only nation on Earth with a custom version of the Lockheed Martin Joint Strike Fighter.

Adir – The History

The origin story of the “Mighty One” begins in 2010, when Israel became the first country outside the aircraft’s nine-nation co-development group to buy the jet. By 2018, Israel became the first country to debut its version of the F-35 as combat operational. The Jewish state’s fleet of fifth-generation jets has been an instrumental tool in its shadow war against the Islamic Republic of Iran and overall deterrence in the region.

While the American F-35 Lightning II is arguably the most advanced fighter jet in rotation, Israel acquired them with their own unique specifications. In the last decade, custom variants of fourth-generation jets to client states have become

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