Israel approves $2.four billion buy of US CH-53 helicopters

Israeli ministers have accepted a $2.four billion buy of 10 to 15 Lockheed Martin CH-53 helicopters utilizing assist cash from the United States.

Members of the Knesset’s committee on navy procurement accepted the acquisition Monday after lower than an hour of deliberation, Haaretz reported.

The buy — the primary of its form underneath the federal government of Prime Minister Neftali Bennett — follows a Defense Ministry alternative of the Sikorsky CH-53Ok over Boeing’s CH-47 “Chinook” as its main heavy-lift helicopter earlier this 12 months. Defense Minister Benny Gantz stated following the choice in February that the CH-53Ok suits with the Israeli air pressure’s operational necessities and “the challenges of the changing battlefield.”

The Israel navy goals to switch its growing old Sikorsky CH-53 Yasur helicopters, which date again to the late 1960s, with the brand new CH-53Ok within the subsequent few years. Israel relied on the Yasur for heavy elevate operations throughout its 1969 battle with Egypt and the 1973 Yom Kippur War, however its fleet has been grounded a minimum of twice over the previous decade amid a handful of crashes and mechanical issues.

Two Yasurs collided in 1997 and one other crashed throughout a coaching train in Romania in 2010. 

IDF Chief of Staff Aviv Kochavi is overseeing Israel’s shift to a brand new navy doctrine, often called Momentum, as regional adversary Iran has quickly superior its drone, ballistic and cruise missile capabilities in recent times.

Under Momentum, Israel has additionally sought to switch its growing old fleet of mid-air refueling tankers with Boeing’s KC-46s and so as to add a third F-35 squadron.