Lockheed Martin staff to remain in Israel indefinitely to support new F35I

DEFENSE NEWS
US Representatives To Remain in Israel In Support of New F-35Is
by Barbara Opall-Rome
December 19, 2016

About 30 Lockheed Martin specialists and three US Air Force representatives will remain in Israel indefinitely to help the Israel Air Force (IAF) operate and maintain its newest acquisition, the F-35I Adir.  The Lockheed Martin team, two USAF F-35 pilots and one USAF aircrew instructor are co-located at the IAF’s Nevatim base in the Negev desert, home of the 140th Golden Eagles Squadron, which received its first pair of Adir (Awesome/Mighty) Dec. 12.  While USAF personnel are expected to return to home bases in about six months, many of the Lockheed Martin team will remain at Nevatim years after the service declares initial operational capability by the end of 2017, IAF and US sources said. READ MORE

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