Posted by John McHaleFORT WORTH, Texas, 8 Oct. 2010. The Israeli Government selected the Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] F-35 Lightning II as the Israel air force's next-generation fighter aircraft. Israel will be the first country to receive the F-35 through the U.S. government's Foreign Military Sales process.The F-35 Lightning II is a 5th generation fighter, combining advanced stealth with fighter speed and agility, fully fused sensor information, network-enabled operations, advanced sustainment, and lower operational and support costs."We're very pleased with the government of Israel's decision to move forward with the U.S. government's Letter of Offer and Acceptance for the F-35," says Tom Burbage, Lockheed Martin executive vice president and general manager of F-35 Program Integration. "The Lightning II will strengthen Israel's national security posture both militarily and industrially."Lockheed Martin is developing the F-35 with its principal industrial partners, Northrop Grumman and BAE Systems. Two separate, interchangeable F-35 engines are under development: the Pratt & Whitney F135 and the GE Rolls-Royce Fighter Engine Team F136.