Aug 15, 2010 3:33 PM by Chris Welty
JERUSALEM (AP) - Israel's defense minister has given the
go-ahead to a $4 billion purchase of advanced American F-35I
Ehud Barak's office says Barak approved the purchase of the
stealth fighters along with spare parts and services. Military
officials said Israel would purchase around 20 of the Lockheed
Martin Corp. jets. The F-35I is also known as the Joint Strike
The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because details of
the deal were not made public.
Israel's government is expected to approve the deal soon. The
purchase will be funded by U.S. military aid to Israel.
The F-35I can avoid enemy radar systems. Analysts suggest that
could help Israel strike Iran's nuclear facilities.
In a statement Sunday, Barak said the plane will allow Israel to
maintain its "aerial supremacy."