Back in 2014, the US Department of Defense asked Congress for permission to sell six Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey converters to Israel to equip Israeli units with special operations forces. A potential deal met with resistance from some Israeli military officials.
Helicopter CH-53K King Stallion during the test.
October 13 became aware that the IDF officially "paused" the issue of purchasing army convertoplanes. Thus, in the competition for the replacement of obsolete CH-53 helicopters there are only two applicants - its newest modification, the CH-53K and the “flying car” Boeing CH-47 Chinook. At the same time, the Israeli Ministry of Defense has already shown interest in CH-53K.
CH-53K King Stallion is a heavy transport helicopter with a maximum take-off weight of almost 40 tons. It can carry over 12 tons of cargo on an external sling, and its cargo hold can accommodate up to 55 passengers. The crew of the helicopter is from two to five people - in addition to two pilots, it can be included in the composition of three arrows, providing circular protection, reports "Warspot".