Three F-35 "Adir" stealth fighters landed recently at the Nevatim base in southern Israel and joined the 116th Squadron, named "the Lions of the South", the IAF's second squadron of Adirs. The IAF now has 27 F-35s. The planes flew to Israel from Lockheed Martin facilities in the U.S.
As of the beginning of April, 625 F-35s in nine countries had flown 380,000 cumulative flight hours. They operate from 27 bases, with more than 1,300 pilots and more than 10,000 maintainers. Ten operators have already declared the stealth fighters to be operational, and six operators have carried out combat operations with them. The price of an F-35 is currently $77.9 million.
Foreign sources have reported several times that the IAF's "Adir" fighters have already carried out combat sorties in the skies over Syria and Lebanon.