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Ministerial committee signs off on purchase of new US aircraft

Judah Ari Gross is The Times of Israel's military correspondent.

A ministerial committee for military acquisitions signs off on the purchase of another squadron’s worth of F-35 fighter jets, Boeing KC-46 refueling planes and advanced missiles and bombs, following government approval last week for a contentious funding scheme to pay for the equipment involving massive loans from the United States, the government says.

Final decisions regarding which heavy transport aircraft Israel will purchase to replace its aging fleet of Sikorsky CH-53 helicopters and what type of fighter jet will be purchased for a second new squadron has been put off for now.

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