The continuous integration of the "Adir" aircraft is another aspect of the long-running military cooperation between Israel and the US, which continues to show optimal results. The Israeli Air Force is the first force in the world besides the United States to operate the "Adir" (F-35I).
The "Adir" Squadron's capabilities provide another component to the air force's existing operational and strategic capabilities, which ensure its supremacy in all missions, the first of which being protecting Israel.
The #Israel Air Force has received its 17th and 18th F-35I "Adir". Tail numbers 927 and 928 landed yesterday at Nevatim AFB and received their "Star of David" cocardes. 2 more #F35I should join the #IAF by the end of 2020. A total of 50 aircrafts is scheduled for 2024. pic.twitter.com/yS2bzJT8aY— Observer IL (@Obs_IL) September 16, 2019
From Squadron to Division
The "Adir" is currently operated by the 140th ("Golden Eagle") Squadron. In several months, the 116th ("Defenders of the South") Squadron is due to be established as the second "Adir" squadron. The establishment of the squadron's first building was celebrated last April in a ceremony, which also saw the reveal of its new emblem. "The squadron – as part of the 'Adir' Division – signifies the IAF's momentum", said Brig. Gen. Eyal Grinboim, then commander of Nevatim AFB.
"The establishment of the 116th Squadron marks the beginning of the 'Adir' Division", said Lt. Col. N', commander of the squadron's establishment crew. "A major part of the establishment process touches upon the complexity of this transformation. We take a well-developed squadron and maintain its power while creating another one to function alongside it".