United States Agrees to Supply 18 Attack Helicopters to Israel


TEL AVIV – Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Deplu) United States of America (USA) approves potential sale of 18 attack helicopters to Israel in deals worth up to $3.4 billion.

According to the statement, Israel will receive 18 CH-53K heavy transport helicopters to replace the aging Yasur squadron.

The deal will also cover engines, navigation systems, weaponry, support equipment, spare parts and technical support.

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“Lockheed Martin Corp and Israeli General Electric Co are the main contractors of the deal,” said the Israeli newspaper Haaretz.

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“The United States is committed to Israel’s security, and it is in the national interest of the United States to help Israel develop and maintain a strong and prepared self-defense capability,” the statement said.

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“It is also important for the ability of the Israeli forces (IDF) to carry out various operational activities,” said Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz, quoted by The Jerusalem Post.

“The decision was made after a professional assessment that included test flights on all proposed aircraft, as well as a thorough examination of alternatives in terms of engineering, technology, maintenance and other considerations,” Gantz said.

In February, Israel announced it would purchase a squadron of CH-53K over Boeing CH-47s, to replace the Yasur helicopter fleet at Tel Nof Air Base.

On Wednesday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the State Allocations, Foreign Operations and Related Programs Act for fiscal year 2022, which provides funding for U.S. foreign interests for the coming year.

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The Jewish News Syndicate reports that the proposed bill includes $3.3 billion in security assistance to Israel as one of its main provisions outlined in the 2016 Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the two countries.



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