By Dario Leone
May 26 2017
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Manufactured according to IAF test centre requirements, this one of a kind F-35 will be used to enhance the type’s capabilities during air-to-air and air-to-ground missions

Lockheed Martin is assembling a one-off F-35 for the Israeli Air Force (IAF).

According to Flight Global in fact this jet will come with a special suite of test instrumentation and it will be delivered to IAF in 2020.

“This unique aircraft, which was not part of any other F-35 contract, will enable us to begin the work of upgrading the capabilities of this aircraft so that it answers our special operational requirements,” explained the commander of the Israeli Air Force’s test centre, identified only as Lt Col Shlomy.

Manufactured according to IAF test centre requirements, the jet will be used to enhance the type’s capabilities during air-to-air and air-to-ground missions.

“All our platforms have been upgraded to enable stretching the flight envelope while using the unique weapon systems made by Israeli industry,” Shlomy pointed out.

Moreover he added that scheduled updates to IAF operational F-35I “Adir” strike fighters will be “directly connected” to the type’s planned maintenance programme, “in order to not disrupt the aim of the shortest time on the ground between complex missions.”

Photo credit: Lockheed Martin

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Dario Leone

Dario Leone

Dario Leone is an aviation, defense and military writer. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviation Geek Club” one of the world’s most read military aviation blogs. His writing has appeared in The National Interest and other news media. He has reported from Europe and flown Super Puma and Cougar helicopters with the Swiss Air Force.

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