Report: IDF chief of staff to ask for another F-35 squadron

According to the report by Janes, he will request the government to approve the acquisition 

The Israeli Air Force is asking to acquire a third squadron of F-35 "Adir" stealth fighters and possibly a fourth squadron of the fighters capable of taking off and landing vertically. The third squadron is reportedly to be based at Tel Nof base in the center of the country, as opposed to the two current squadrons based at the Nevatim base in the Negev.  

The Janes website reports that the IAF has ordered 50 F-35 planes. Lockheed Martin is manufacturing six planes a year, and 27 are to be delivered to Israel by the end of the year. The IDF chief of staff, Lieut. Gen. Aviv Kochavi, will ask the government for authorization to acquire additional Adir fighters, and to acquire a squadron of advanced F-15s capable of carrying large amounts of ammunition. 

It is possible, Janes wrote, that in the future Israel will acquire a fourth squadron consisting of Adir-B fighters capable of taking off and landing vertically so the advanced planes are less exposed to attacks including missile strikes on the runways of military airports.  

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