The aircraft, which flew for years in operational missions and was later used for training pilots in advanced stages, has been decommissioned and it’s for sale.
Israel’s Defense Ministry has announced that it will try to sell round 40 F16s Aircraft aircraft to foreign forces. But, upgraded F-16 C and D variants of the fighter will still play a significant role in the Israel AirForce fighting fleet, even as the newly acquired F-35I Joint Strike Fighters are on service.
While selling the old fighter jets, Israel replaces it with modern combat aircraft.
Last November 2016, Israel security cabinet voted unanimously to approve an additional purchase of F-35s. Adding 17 more advanced F-35 stealth fighter jets to previously ordered, which brings a total number of 50.
IAF F-16s Major Achievement
On June 7, 1981, Israel Airforce manned six F-15A’s and eight F- 16 fighter pilots for the mission. The F16’s were massively armed with two delay-reaction bombs each, consisting of lots of explosives and they flew from Israel through Jordanian and Saudi airspace undetected until they reached Iraq. After the bombing, all the pilots in the mission returned at home unharmed.
Aside from F-16’s, Israel is also selling seven Hercules C-130 planes, seven Hawk fighter-interceptor systems, 40 Skyhawk Eagles and eight Cobra helicopters.
Recently two F-35 stealth fighter jets added to Israel Airforce inventory.