The Hebrew name Adir translates to “mighty one” or “awesomeness,” according to the Times of Israel. Under a special agreement between Washington and Tel Aviv, the Israeli Air Force is the only military branch in the world authorized to modify the F-35, in part because the two nations share a lot of technology with another, and also because Israel is apparently preparing for war at any moment.
The Israeli F-35I is “an intelligence-gathering machine in a league of its own” as a result of the stealth capabilities that take it beyond the powers of IAF F-15 and F-16s, according to a report by the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies.
The costly warplane can “evade various enemy radar systems deployed in the northern arena” and is poised to “play a key role in Israel’s quest to stop Iran and its proxies from creating a threatening military outpost in Syria,” the report says.