Israel is to take delivery of three more F-35 stealth fighters from the United States on Sunday, adding to two which arrived in December, an army statement said.
They are among 50 that Israel has agreed to buy from aerospace giant Lockheed Martin.
US President Donald Trump has publicly upbraided Lockheed over "out of control" costs of the plane, the most expensive in history. The company has said it will bring down the price in the future.
While other countries have ordered the planes, Israel -- which receives more than $3 billion a year in US defense aid -- says it will be the first outside the United States with an operational F-35 squadron.
Israel is buying its first 33 F-35s at an average price of about $110 million (103.5 million euros) each.
Israeli components will be integrated in the aircraft, which will be known as the F-35I. (end of excerpt)
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