The F-16I Sufa (thunderstorm) is the customized Israeli version of the U.S. F-16. Equipped with cutely named air-to-surface missiles like Popeye or Delilah, as well as U.S.-made Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) smart bombs, it can destroy jihadi vehicles and fortifications, like reported by nationalinterest.org.
Nicknamed the "Sufa," or thunderstorm, the F-16I is a redesigned and custom modified version of the F-16, adapted to the specifications of the Israeli Air Force (IAF). The F-16I is different from any other F-16, including those of the U.S. Air Force.
The celebration of its unveiling off the Lockheed Martin assembly line was held on November 14, 2003. Israel has ordered 102 of the fighter jets and the first shipment is expected to arrive in Israel by February 2004. The acquisition is the largest Israeli acquisition from Lockheed Martin and is expected to raise the number of the IAF's fleet of F-16s to 362, second only to the United States Air Force.
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