Israel has used its F-35s in combat in the Middle East.
“The Adir planes are already operational and flying in operational missions. We are the first in the world to use the F-35 in operational activity”
— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) May 22, 2018
#BREAKING: #IAF head Maj.-Gen. Norkin: “We are flying the #F35 all over the Middle East and have already attacked twice on different fronts.”
— Anna Ahronheim (@AAhronheim) May 22, 2018
The F-35s — dubbed F-35I ‘Adir’ in Israeli service — began arriving to the country in December 2016 and four batches have been received so far. Israel declared the first jets operational in December 2017.