After years of negotiations Israel and the US has struck a deal for the exchange of 20 F-35 stealth fighter planes for 2.75 billion dollars. Much of the negotiations were over Israels want to install their own electronics in the jets.
The F-35 Lightning II, is a Lockheed Martin stealth fighter. It cuts through most conventional radar undetected, and comes in a few variants. One for conventional takeoff, one for vertical and short runway takeoff and another for carrier takeoff.
Israeli defense minister, Ehud Barak stated that the F-35 would help Israel maintain its air superiority and military edge in the region. Despite the deal being officiated now, they will not receive the fighters until 2015.