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Israel to buy second batch of US F-35 fighters

Israel and the United States have agreed the sale of a second batch of Lockheed Martin F-35 stealth fighters to the Jewish stateIsrael and the United States have agreed the sale of a second batch of Lockheed Martin F-35 stealth fighters to the Jewish state, Israeli media reported Tuesday. Haaretz newspaper said the deal, concluded by US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel and his Israeli counterpart, Moshe Yaalon, was for “at least 20” of the planes. The Jerusalem Post said Israel signed a $2.75 billion (2.17 billion euro) deal in 2012 to buy a squadron of 19 F-35s from Lockheed Martin and received Pentagon approval to purchase an additional 75.

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