Skip to comments.IAF to seek 2nd squadron of F-35s in new multi-year plan
Posted on 08/01/2011 5:49:30 AM PDT by sukhoi-30mkiEdited on 08/01/2011 6:13:05 AM PDT by Sidebar Moderator. [history]
Fighter jet purported to be one of most advanced jets in world with ability to fly undetected in enemy territory; IAF pilots to train in US.
The Israel Air Force plans to purchase a second squadron of F-35 Joint Strike Fighters during the upcoming IDF multi-year procurement plan that is currently under review within the General Staff.
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Even without stealth, the most armaments that it can handle is around eight, if I recall correctly. It just seems like the payload is too small, especially when in the stealth mode. Can’t a F-15/F-18 C/D carry more ordnance, or am I mistaken?
Adding both internal and external capabilities, the F-35’s payload exceeds that of most legacy fighters other than the F-15E.