24-Jan-2012 Source: Israel Defence Force
The project to improve the Sikorsky CH 53 helicopter, â€œSikorsky 2025â€ has come a long way in recent years. In order to upgrade the helicopter, old systems were removed, other systems upgraded, and new systems added. This month, the upgrades have made a large step forward, with all new systems receiving operational status.
â€œThe significance of all this is that the project is finishing with a functional tool,â€ explained Maj. M, officer of the project in the â€œThe Nocturnal Birds of Preyâ€ squadron. â€œWhile we continue to add and upgrade systems all the time, the basic configuration of the helicopter is set.â€
In the near future, the project will include more new systems, including an encrypted communication system, navigation systems, self-defense systems, and an advanced threat detection system. Meanwhile, pilots continue to train on the Sikorsky and learn the new configuration.
One of the helicopters to undergo the recent upgrades, an idle helicopter that has been sitting for years, is now â€œwaking upâ€ to a new era. The helicopter, which was grounded and stored, went through a rehabilitation process at the hands of the Aircraft Maintenance Unit at Tel Nof Airbase, and of course, has been upgraded to the â€œSikorsky 2025â€ standards. This month, the upgraded helicopter will take off for the first time.