The US Defense Minister has traveled to the region to personally deliver two advanced fighter warplanes to Israeli regime.
Ashton Carter arrived in Tel Aviv on Monday to deliver two of the F-35 fighter jets to the Israeli regime as he was received by the regime’s minister of military affairs, Avigdor Liberman.
The regime is planning to buy some 50 of the warplanes to strengthen what the Israeli regime called their “air superiority in the region”.
The jets’ arrival from Italy in the afternoon was initially delayed due to bad weather condition.
US President-elect Donald Trump has criticized the F-35 manufacturing program over its high costs as well as long delays in development.
In a tweet on Monday, the incoming president vowed to change the condition when he takes control of the White House on January 20th, 2017.
“The F-35 program and cost is out of control. Billions of dollars can and will be saved on military (and other) purchases after January 20th,” he said.
The jet manufacturing company, Lockheed Martin, faced a sharp decline in its shares after the Twitter post.
The fighters are being procured as part of a military aid deal between the US and Israeli regime. The estimated cost for each plane is around $110 million.
Israeli air force has been a major muscle in violent attacks on regional countries and residential areas as the attack on Lebanon and more recently on Syria has proved.
(Source / 14.12.2016)