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Israel returns F-35 fleet to active service after tests for ejector seat problems

Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is The Times of Israel's military correspondent.

An Israeli F-35 fighter jet takes off during the military's Blue Flag exercise in October 2021. (Israel Defense Forces)
An Israeli F-35 fighter jet takes off during the military's Blue Flag exercise in October 2021. (Israel Defense Forces)

The Israeli Air Force has completed its evaluation of its F-35 fleet, after an issue with the fighter jet’s ejector seat was discovered by the US.

According to the military, the problem was not found in any of the Air Force’s 33 jets, and they have been returned to full service.

The Israel Defense Forces adds that the fleet also participated in recent airstrikes against the Palestinian Islamic Jihad in the Gaza Strip.

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