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Israel's first F-35 stealth fighters set for landing

Israel is buying its first 33 F-35s -- at an average price of about $110 million (103.5 million euros) for each warplaneIsrael’s first F-35 stealth fighters arrive in the country on Monday, with officials touting them as ultra-high-tech planes that will allow it to maintain military dominance in the Middle East. The first two of 50 F-35s to be purchased by Israel from US aerospace giant Lockheed Martin were due to arrive at Nevatim air base in the country’s south. In a sign of the importance being placed on the event, US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter is to attend the arrival, expected around 2:00 pm (1200 GMT), along with his Israeli counterpart Avigdor Lieberman and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

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