Israel Increases Order for F-35 Fighter Jets to 50

YERUSHALAYIM (Reuters) -
In this 2006  photo, the Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is unveiled in a ceremony in Fort Worth, Texas. (AP Photo/LM Ottero, File)
In this 2006 photo, the Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is unveiled in a ceremony in Fort Worth, Texas. (AP Photo/LM Ottero, File)

Israel’s security cabinet on Sunday approved the purchase of an additional 17 Lockheed Martin F-35 stealth fighter jets, bringing its total number on order to 50.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said in a statement the decision to increase the order was unanimous.

Lockheed is developing three versions of the F-35 Lightning II jets for the U.S. military and nine countries that have already placed orders – Britain, Italy, Turkey, the Netherlands, Norway, Australia, Japan, Israel and South Korea.

Israel’s first two are expected to be delivered by the end of the year.