Cornerstone Laying for F-35 Squadron

Photo by: Guy Ashash

Cornerstone Laying for F-35 Squadron

Photo by: Guy Ashash

Cornerstone Laying for F-35 Squadron

The squadron and simulator buildings are the first structures to be built

Photo by: Guy Ashash

Tags: F-35

The cornerstone for the new F-35 squadron and simulator structures was laid earlier this week in Nevatim Airbase, an important step towards the arrival of the JSF

Shani Poms | Translation: Eden Sharon

The F-35 JSF “Adir” (Hebrew for mighty) project is underway: The cornerstone for the squadron and simulator structures was laid in Nevatim Airbase earlier this week. “This is a very important event in IAF history”, said Brigadier General Lihu Hachohen, Commander of Nevatim Airbase. “This stealth aircraft has considerable impact even before its arrival: It strengthens our deterrence. This strong and advanced aircraft is about to enter the Middle East and here it means a lot”.

Due to their complexity, the squadron and simulator buildings are the first structures to be built. The building of the squadron is matchless, the simulator is highly advanced and the HAS (Hardened Aircraft Shelter) will fit the exact dimensions of the JSFs and meet the needs of the aircrews optimally.
“We call the F-35 project a ‘Mega project’ because unlike other projects of its kind, it holds 20 different projects, each with its own constraints”, adds Lieutenant Colonel Lior, Head of the F-35 infrastructure administration at the IAF Headquarters.

First Squadron Commander
Another significant step is the nomination of a new commander for the founding team and the future squadron – Lieutenant Colonel Yotam, the present commander of the “Defenders of the South” squadron from Nevatim Airbase.

The founding team will face many challenges due to the fact that the new stealth fighters, as well as the advanced infrastructures, will lead to changes in the operational perception of the IAF.
“It is obvious we’re changing our operational perception. The founding team will have to be creative. Laying the corner stone is an important milestone for this massive project”.

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