Israeli is looking to modernizing their heavy-lift helicopter fleet by replacing their CH-53 Yasur helicopters. The fleet has been in service for over 50 years and although they have recently been upgraded, a replacement is needed. The money for the replacement will come from the MoU of $38 billion signed in 2016 between Washington and… Read more »
Israel’s Ministry of Defense has signed an agreement with Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) company, to supply spare parts and associated engineering services in support of the CH-53D heavy lift helicopters operated by the Israeli Air Force (IAF) since 1969. Intended for a duration of seven years, the comprehensive program will allow Sikorsky to manage… Read more »
The Israeli Air Force has had to ground their fleet of Apache attack helicopters. One of their technicians found a crack in a blade during routine checks, reports Times of Israel. The fleet will stay grounded until the investigation is over and no other issues are found.
Sikorsky hopes to gain a 200 export order for their new CH-53K King Stallion heavy lift helicopter. Both Germany and Israel are looking to replace their aging fleets of CH-53s with Sikorsky’s newest CH-53K King Stallion. Germany seems the most likely opportunity, as they plan to release a RFP by 2018. Their competition for the… Read more »
The Israeli Ministry of Defence has entered into negotiations with the Italian Ministry of Defence in order to purchase AW-119 training helicopters from Italy’s Leonardo. The new helicopters will replace their current Bell 206 training aircraft, which they bought in 1970. Bell and Airbus are also competing for the contract, offering GXP-407s and H-125s respectively…. Read more »
A group of Connecticut and New England lawmakers are trying to persuade Israel to buy Stratford-based Sikorsky helicopters as they work to modernize their military. U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Chris Murphy (D-CT), Susan Collins (R-ME) along with Representatives Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), Jim Himes (D-CT), John Larson (D-CT), and Elizabeth Esty (D-CT) sent a letter… Read more »
Israel is currently under questioning as to why they gave a Spanish-made helicopter drone to the Russian Prime Minister. The drone, which is used for agricultural use, costs $53, 000 and is seen as sensitive technology, which Spain prohibits the exportation of to certain countries. As reported by BBC News, the drone was fitted with… Read more »
Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announces today the order of two Bell 505s signed during the Paris Air Show. Both Bell 505 Jet Ranger Xs will be used for corporate transport in Israel, a testament to the growing demand of the Bell 505 in the region and bringing the success of the… Read more »
The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress January 13 of a possible Foreign Military Sale to Israel for V-22B Block C Aircraft and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $1.13 billion. The Government of Israel (GOI) has requested a possible sale of 6 V-22B Block C Aircraft, 16 Rolls… Read more »
Calling Israel’s self-defense capabilities and its qualitative military edge “central to both Israel and U.S. security interests,” Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced tonight that Israel will buy six V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft for its air force. Hagel made the announcement during his keynote address at the 100th annual Anti-Defamation League meeting in New York. “Israel… Read more »
Reports from Israel are suggesting that the Defence Force there could have as many as six V-22 Ospreys by the end of 2014. Local defence sources reached this conclusion through assessment of negotiations between manufacturer JV Bell-Boeing and the US Air Force. The tilt rotors are quoted as being part of a bigger specialist military… Read more »
Accident around 1am local on night training mission. Both reservists killed, named by IDF as Lt.-Col. (res.) Noam Ron, 49, and Maj. (res.) Erez Flekser, 31. The pilots had radioed the Palmahim air base before the crash, saying they would land there in six minutes. There was no distress call prior to the accident.
Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today that the Bell 429 has earned Civil Aviation Authority of Israel (CAAI) type acceptance to operate in Israel, as well as approval to fly at an increased maximum gross weight of 7,500 lbs. Israel marks the sixteenth country to approve the increased maximum gross weight…. Read more »
Elbit Systems Ltd. (the “Company”) recently announced that it was awarded two follow-on contracts by the Israeli Ministry of Defense (“IMOD”) for the operation and maintenance of the Israeli Air Force’s (“IAF”) Flight Academy trainer aircraft and helicopters. These contracts were part of the Company’s December 31, 2012 announcement regarding contract awards by the IMOD… Read more »
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today announced that Israel complies with international safety standards set by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), based on the results of an October FAA review of Israel’s civil aviation authority. Israel is now upgraded to Category 1 from the Category 2 safety rating the country… Read more »
The military has initiated plans to develop a protective shield for its helicopters amid concern that shoulder-to-air missiles will be fired in large numbers at Israel Air Force aircraft in a future war. (see full story)
This not the first time Israeli co-operation has been mooted in association with the Surion. At October’s Seoul air show programme partners KAI and Eurocopter proposed a Korea naval helicopter (KNH) based on the co-developed Surion. They said Israel’s Elbit Systems would be involved in the KNH. (see full story)
The training was held at the Larisa Air Force Base in Greece and the IAF sent three helicopter squadrons â€“ Squadron 124 and 123 which fly Black Hawk transport helicopters and Squadron 113 which flies Apache Longbow attack helicopters (full story)
The Israel Air Force will send a delegation of officers to the United States later this month to conduct a review of the V- 22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft that it has its eye on for search and rescue and covertÂ operationsÂ behind enemy lines.
Spains’s National Police have aborted the sale of a number of helicopters and fighter parts to Iran and Venezuela. A total of eight arrests have been made in relation to this deal, five Spanish businessmen and three Iranian nationals who had traveled to Spain to formalise the deal. Export of this type of equipment to… Read more »
The Boeing Co., Mesa, Ariz., was awarded on Feb. 2 an $11,990,145 firm-fixed-price contract.Â The award will provide for three Apache helicopters for the country of Israel.Â Work will be performed in Mesa, Ariz., with an estimated completion date of July 31, 2012.Â One bid was solicited with one bid received.Â The U.S. Army Contracting… Read more »
The AirMule (formerly MULE), a single-engine, VTOL Cargo and MedEvac UAS developed by Urban Aeronautics, Ltd, has successfully completed the first phase of its flight testing. This phase has consisted of autonomous hovers with the vehicleâ€™s Fly-By-Wire control system providing the necessary auto-stabilization in all three rotational axes of the vehicle (Pitch, Roll and Yaw)…. Read more »
Developed by Steadicopter, the Black Eagle 50 mini rotary UAV is just over two meters long and can carry a minimal payload of 3 kg. The unmanned helicopter can stay in the air for up to three hours and reach altitudes of 9,000 feet. It can transmit footage back to a command center from distances… Read more »
Looking to bolster its air support capabilities for possible future operations in Lebanon and Gaza, the Israel Air Force (IAF) has begun testing Black Hawk utility helicopters upgraded with offensive air-to-surface missile launchers and a rapid-fire cannon.