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Ayoshi:
Israel orders 17 more F-35A stealth fighters jets | air recognition - 28 November 2016

--- Quote ---Israel will buy 17 more F-35A stealth fighter jets yesterday, after a vote of approval yesterday, Nov. 27, by the country's Security Cabinet. This additionnal batch of "Adir" fighters will bring up Israel Air Force to a total of 50 F-35A by the end of 2030. These fighters are to be purchased with the military foreign aid received from the U.S through a Memorandum of Understanding signed in September 2016.
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srael's F-35A Adir performing its maiden flight on July 25 (Credit: Lockheed Martin)

Ayoshi:
JASDF receives first F-35 at Luke AFB | IHS Jane's 360 - 02 December 2016

--- Quote ---The arrival of aircraft 69-8701 (also designated AX-1) at the 944th Fighter Wing (FW) marks a significant milestone in the JASDF's F-35A programme to replace its ageing Mitsubishi-McDonnell Douglas F-4J Kai (Phantom II) aircraft that have been in service since the early 1970s.

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Japan has committed itself to buying 28 F-35As over the next five years (six of which are under contract), and has a total requirement of 42 aircraft. After the fleet begins arriving in-country in fiscal year 2017, it will initially be based at Misawa. The initial operating unit is expected to be either 301 or 302 Squadron.
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Japan Air Self-Defense Force maintainers pose for a photo on 28 November to mark the arrival of the first Japanese F-35A at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona. Source: US Air Force

Ayoshi:
Italy has become the first country to operate the F-35 outside of the U.S. | The Aviationist - Dec 15 2016

--- Quote ---On Dec. 12, whilst several Israeli and international media outlets focused on the delivery of the first F-35I “Adir” to Nevatim airbase (delayed by some 6 hours because of fog) highlighting how Israel had just become “the first country after the US” to get the new plane, far from the spotlight, the 13° Gruppo (Squadron) of the 32° Stormo (Wing) of the Aeronautica Militare (Italian Air Force, ItAF) received its first two F-35A Lightning II, becoming the very first country to take delivery of the 5th generation stealth jet outside of the U.S.

Noteworthy, the delivery flight was carried out by two Italian military pilots (the Israeli planes were flown by Lockheed Martin pilots) who flew their two JSFs (Joint Strike Fighters) to Amendola, where the aircraft landed in the early afternoon on Monday.

Indeed, whereas the arrival of the first Israeli or Dutch F-35s got a significant media coverage (with constant updates, live streaming on social media, etc.), the Italian Air Force has kept a very “low profile” about its achievements with the F-35 so far.
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Ayoshi:
U.S. Marine F-35Bs Will Operate From Royal Navy Queen Elizabeth Carrier in 2021 | Navy Recognition - 20 December 2016

--- Quote ---On the margins of the ministerial meeting, Sir Michael also deepened UK and US defence cooperation by signing an agreement with US Defense Secretary Ash Carter to allow US Marine Corps F-35B aircraft to fly from the UK’s new Queen Elizabeth class carrier. Planning will be advanced to allow US jets to deploy alongside our own Lightning aircraft in HMS Queen Elizabeth during her planned first operational deployment in 2021.
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Ayoshi:
Lockheed Martin delivers 200th F-35 fighter | IHS Jane's 360  - 12 January 2017

--- Quote ---The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) programme passed a milestone in early 2017 with the delivery of the 200th aircraft, it was announced on 12 January.

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Under the official programme-of-record, Australia has a requirement for 100 F-35As; Canada for 65 F-35As (subject to a relaunched procurement process); Denmark for 30 F-35As; Israel for 33 F-35As; Italy for 60 F-35As and 30 F-35Bs; Japan for 42 F-35As; the Netherlands for 37 F-35As; Norway for 52 F-35As; the Republic of Korea for 40 FMS F-35As; Turkey for 100 F-35As; the United Kingdom for 138 F-35Bs; the US Air Force (USAF) for 1,763 F-35As; the US Marine Corps for 353 F-35Bs and 67 F-35Cs; and the US Navy for 260 F-35Cs.

The latest contract announcement for Lot 10 production, awarded in November 2016, was valued at USD7.2 billion for 90 aircraft. When long-lead contracts are considered also, the approximate unit cost for a Lot 10 aircraft (excluding engines) is USD91.4 million (averaged across the three different variants). Lockheed Martin is aiming to get the unit cost of the F-35A (the cheapest variant) down to USD80-85 million by 2019 under the Blueprint for Affordability effort.
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