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Israel Air Force to receive two new Boeing KC-46A Pegasus tankers

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Israel Air Force to receive two new Boeing KC-46A Pegasus tankers

The Israeli Air Force will receive the American Boeing KC-46A Pegasus tanker aircraft. According to the Israeli Defense Ministry, a final agreement has been signed for the supply of two new tankers.


Both Boeing KC-46A Pegasus will be supplied with US aid through the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program. Delivery times are not shown.

On March 3 last year, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) sent a notice to the US Congress of the planned sale to Israel of eight Boeing KC-46A Pegasus tankers. In addition to the eight aircraft, the Israeli military must receive related equipment, parts and technical support. The agreement also includes training for pilots and maintenance personnel.

As part of the Israeli Air Force, the KS-46A tankers are to replace the nine Boeing 707 aircraft currently in use.

In addition, the Israeli Ministry of Defense announced the approval of the purchase of a third squadron of 25 Lockheed Martin F-35I Lightning II (Adir) fighters and heavy transport helicopters through FMS to replace the existing fleet of Sikorsky CH-53 transport helicopters.
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Israeli Ministry of Defense
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  1. Azef
    Azef 23 February 2021 10: 18
    -9
    And where is it interesting to fly so far gathered in Israel? Isn't it to Russia ...
    1. Revolver
      Revolver 23 February 2021 10: 28
      +6
      Quote: Azef
      And where is it interesting to fly so far gathered in Israel? Isn't it to Russia ...

      To Iran.
      1. Azef
        Azef 23 February 2021 10: 54
        +1
        Quote: Nagan
        To Iran.

        Well, yes, where else can they fly .. wink
        1. Pilot
          Pilot 23 February 2021 11: 13
          -3
          Quote: Azef
          Quote: Nagan
          To Iran.

          Well, yes, where else can they fly .. wink

          Well, yes, I don't mind a freebie. Then you will pay new ones.
    2. Destiny
      Destiny 23 February 2021 10: 30
      +21
      Universal Modular cargo compartment - you can load tanks with fuel, or you can load cargo, and now it becomes a transport operator, if desired, a hospital.
      Three fighters can be refueled at the same time (refueling hoses: one of which is located in the center of the fuselage from below, and two more - in special containers under the wing consoles closer to the wingtips). It has defense systems against explosives and MANPADS. This is a normal plane.
    3. VLADIMIR VLADIVOSTOK
      VLADIMIR VLADIVOSTOK 23 February 2021 15: 42
      +2
      Yes, rather! I wanted to say the same myself!
  2. prior
    prior 23 February 2021 10: 27
    -10%
    Israel is barely large enough for a combat turn, why do they need tankers?
    Iran traditionally does not let Jews sleep peacefully.
    Or striped allies from the "nipple feed" during the "democratic" bombing of the Arabs.
    It's cheaper than driving your tankers from overseas.
    1. Bradley
      Bradley 23 February 2021 10: 43
      +10
      The tanker allows you not only to fly far, but also for a long time. For example, patrol your borders for 6 hours or more.
      1. seregatara1969
        seregatara1969 23 February 2021 13: 52
        -5
        cho control there? 50 kilometers wide in places? there a fighter flies into a neighboring state when turning
        1. Bradley
          Bradley 23 February 2021 14: 12
          +6
          cho control there?

          Airspace, border.
  3. Flooding
    Flooding 23 February 2021 10: 28
    +6
    Three F-35 squadrons on the FMS line.
    Well, since the citizens of the United States do not mind (and the citizens of Israel, even more so), then it remains only to envy such a freebie.
  4. tralflot1832
    tralflot1832 23 February 2021 10: 33
    -4
    It's good that they sat down on the American needle in aircraft construction. The most important thing is not to start building themselves. And it's good that they depend on one supplier, with all the ensuing consequences.
    1. dauria
      dauria 23 February 2021 11: 33
      +11
      . The most important thing is not to start building.


      They built themselves. And not bad. Copies of Mirages, modifications. Now they are doing something for the F-35. The drones have mastered it. For a small country, pretty well. Add AWACS to the tankers of tactical aircraft - a complete combat-ready bunch will turn out. And they fought with the Arabs quite competently, tactical techniques are smart. You may not love them, but they have something
      learn.
      1. tralflot1832
        tralflot1832 23 February 2021 11: 43
        -8
        I don't want to start building planes. Kfirs were not bad for their time. And let them indulge in UAVs. And we have already learned.
        1. dauria
          dauria 23 February 2021 12: 04
          +5
          I don't want to start building planes


          It is not profitable to do everything entirely for such a small country. Saddle some components in the running model on sale - and that's enough. They started out in isolation - so they did it themselves.
          And let them indulge in the UAV. And we have already learned.

          With the difference that they have this product for sale too. And we were late with our tomatoes, the market is already overwhelmed.
    2. Vitaly gusin
      Vitaly gusin 23 February 2021 11: 51
      +8
      Quote: tralflot1832
      Well, they sat down on the American igloo in aircraft construction

      Only the name F-35 will remain American, but upon arrival in Israel it will become F-35I, with the ensuing consequences.
      All the filling (I will not list) is local, the necessary serious parts are included in the order for the supply of aircraft and all repairs will be carried out only on the territory of Israel.
      Israel is not a country that takes someone else's needle.
    3. Michael gutkin
      Michael gutkin 23 February 2021 11: 53
      +5
      The Lavi plane of the 80s, which the Chinese bought and continue to fly on it.
  5. Cowbra
    Cowbra 23 February 2021 10: 37
    -10%
    Ahahaha! "Train better ... On cats!"
    This is the same "Pegaras". which was blinded from the initial passenger and which did not fit the tanks of the required size? The one in which they have not figured out how the operator will manage the gas station, since he does not see anything through the camera?
    Secondly, it turned out that the new refueling bar had to be "pressed" against the aircraft being refueled with great effort! This is especially true of "light" aircraft - attack aircraft A-10 (well, very light!) And F-16 fighters. Due to the large "pressing" efforts, problems arise with the "flying out" of the rod from the intake neck - again with damage to the "refueled" skin. In the video:

    https://www.instagram.com/p/B68t-yIhL86/?utm_source=ig_embed&utm_campaign=embed_video_watch_again
    Well, these are not a pity, so ... On cats
    PiSi: guess why the US Air Force has long been looking for civilian tankers, stubbornly refusing to accept the KS-46?
  6. voyaka uh
    voyaka uh 23 February 2021 10: 58
    +11
    But the purchase of transport helicopters was ruined again.
    Sikorskie old men are falling apart before our eyes. sad

    The F-35 was ordered urgently because of the long queue for these aircraft.
    They promised to "squeeze" the delivery for Israel in the middle of a large lot for
    The Pentagon. Otherwise you have to wait seven years.
    1. tralflot1832
      tralflot1832 23 February 2021 12: 48
      0
      The guys found the guy who gave you the Mediterranean coast with oil products. The Iranian tanker didn't pass by? And why the Israeli court classified the materials for a week.
      1. zlinn
        zlinn 23 February 2021 13: 23
        +2
        until they found it, there are 10 ships under suspicion, but why secret the investigation, I also did not understand
        1. tralflot1832
          tralflot1832 23 February 2021 13: 30
          +4
          Find and get the most out of it regardless of the flag.
  7. fa2998
    fa2998 23 February 2021 11: 01
    +7
    Quote: prior
    Israel is barely large enough for a combat turn, why do they need tankers?

    With the F-15 and F-35 with such a squadron of tankers, you can keep the entire region "on your ears". From Gibraltar to India. hi
    1. tralflot1832
      tralflot1832 23 February 2021 11: 34
      +1
      Do they need it?
  8. TermNachTer
    TermNachTer 23 February 2021 13: 13
    -4
    And why the heck Israel - the size of a palm, fuel zapaschiki?)))
    1. iouris
      iouris 23 February 2021 13: 27
      0
      Israel is a superpower. But networked.
      1. TermNachTer
        TermNachTer 23 February 2021 19: 01
        -2
        I would say - niche))))
        1. iouris
          iouris 23 February 2021 19: 02
          0
          It was not me who said that, but scientists.