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Israel selects CH-53K from Sikorsky over CH-F47 from Boeing

Israel selects CH-53K from Sikorsky over CH-F47 from Boeing

1-Mar-2021Source: Globes

Israel’s Ministry of Defense and the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) have chosen to procure Lockheed Martin’s CH35K as its new heavy-lift helicopter, preferring it to Boeing’s CH-F47 Chinook. See Full Story.... Read more

COVID-19 –  Drones used to enforce self-isolation rules throughout Israel

COVID-19 – Drones used to enforce self-isolation rules throughout Israel

4-May-2020Source: Drone DJ

Drones in Israel are being used to monitor people in their homes to ensure they aren’t breaking coronavirus self-isolation rules put in place. While it’s great to see the Israeli police utilizing drones, they are raising privacy concerns among the citizens of Israel. See Full Story.... Read more

Israel orders seven Leonardo AW119Kx trainers to replace Bell 206s

Israel orders seven Leonardo AW119Kx trainers to replace Bell 206s

19-Feb-2019Source: Israeli AF

Last week (Thursday), Israel’s Ministry of Defense and the Italian Defense Ministry signed an agreement regarding the procurement of seven advanced military training helicopters for the Israeli Air Force. According to the agreement, the Ministry of Defense will purchase seven AW119Kx helicopters in a deal that will see the Italian Defense Ministry buy an equivalent... Read more

IAI completes helicopter UAV proof of concept

IAI completes helicopter UAV proof of concept

16-Oct-2017Source: IAI

Israel Aerospace Industries’ (IAI) Unmanned systems have successfully completed a proof of concept to high officials of the defense industry and the IDF. Recently developed by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) the Air Hopper took a part in a demonstration that covered two scenarios, one simulating carrying a seriously-wounded soldier to a extraction point for life-saving... Read more

Israel Police Receives Four H125 Helicopters

Israel Police Receives Four H125 Helicopters

25-Aug-2017Source: HeliHub.com

Monday saw the arrival of the Israel Police Force’s four new Airbus H125 helicopters. The four helicopters are part of a six aircraft contract, with the remaining two H145 helicopters being delivered in the future. The H125s are all equipped with special command and communication systems, reports Ynet News. These helicopters will be used for... Read more

King Stallion and Chinook to battle for Israeli order

King Stallion and Chinook to battle for Israeli order

7-Aug-2017Source: HeliHub.com

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

Sikorsky to supply CH5-53D parts to Israel

Sikorsky to supply CH5-53D parts to Israel

5-Jul-2017Source: Lockheed Martin

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

Israeli Air Force Fleet Grounded

Israeli Air Force Fleet Grounded

25-Jun-2017Source: HeliHub.com

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.  ... Read more

Sikorsky expects over 200 export orders for CH-53K

Sikorsky expects over 200 export orders for CH-53K

5-Jun-2017Source: HeliHub.com

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

Israel and Italy Discuss Training Helicopter Contract

Israel and Italy Discuss Training Helicopter Contract

29-May-2017Source: HeliHub.com

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

Lawmakers push Israel to buy Connecticut made Sikorsky helicopters

Lawmakers push Israel to buy Connecticut made Sikorsky helicopters

5-May-2017Source: US Senate

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

Spain Questions Israel about Drone

Spain Questions Israel about Drone

5-Dec-2016Source: HeliHub.com

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

Two Bell 505s sold into Israel

Two Bell 505s sold into Israel

30-Jun-2015Source: Bell

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

Israeli Government wants unapproved hospital helipad removed

Israeli Government wants unapproved hospital helipad removed

11-Feb-2014Source: Globes

Sheba Medical Center Tel Hashomer Hospital reportedly built the helipad without approval by the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Finance See full story... Read more

Proposed Israel V-22 sale is valued at $1.13 billion

Proposed Israel V-22 sale is valued at $1.13 billion

16-Jan-2014Source: DSCA

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

08-Dec-13 Boeing CH-47D Jericho, Israel

08-Dec-13 Boeing CH-47D Jericho, Israel

8-Dec-2013

Royal Air Force Chinook made emergency landing while en route from Amman (Jordan) to Akrotiri (Cyprus).  Some reports suggest location is in or near a minefield... Read more

US Defense Secretary confirms first V-22 export sale

US Defense Secretary confirms first V-22 export sale

1-Nov-2013Source: US Dept of Defense

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

Israel to have six V-22s by end of 2014?

Israel to have six V-22s by end of 2014?

6-Oct-2013Source: HeliHub.com

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

03-Jun-13 Bell AH-1 Kiryat Gat, Israel

03-Jun-13 Bell AH-1 Kiryat Gat, Israel

3-Jun-2013

Emergency landing after technical failure... Read more

25-Apr-13 (military helicopter) Israel

25-Apr-13 (military helicopter) Israel

25-Apr-2013

A helicopter transporting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made an emergency landing after military officials spotted and shot down a UAV entering Israeli airspace.... Read more

Israel to become first V-22 export destination

Israel to become first V-22 export destination

23-Apr-2013Source: Star Telegram

US  Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has announced that Israel will be buying the V-22 (see full story)... Read more

Israel receives surplus CH-53s for spares

Israel receives surplus CH-53s for spares

22-Mar-2013Source: FlightGlobal

Five surplus US military Sikorsky CH-53 transport helicopters purchased for use as spares have arrived in Israel (see full story)... Read more

12-Mar-13 Bell AH-1 Shfela, Israel (2F)

12-Mar-13 Bell AH-1 Shfela, Israel (2F)

12-Mar-2013

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.... Read more

Israel Certifies Bell 429

Israel Certifies Bell 429

1-Mar-2013Source: Bell

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

Israeli pilots give detailed assessment of V-22

Israeli pilots give detailed assessment of V-22

16-Jan-2013Source: Flightglobal

Israel is continuing to evaluate a possible acquisition of the Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey, with fresh details having emerged (see full story)... Read more

Elbit to continue supporting Israeli Air Force’s Flight Academy

Elbit to continue supporting Israeli Air Force’s Flight Academy

14-Jan-2013Source: Elbit

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

Israel considers the AH-64E

Israel considers the AH-64E

12-Dec-2012Source: Israel Defense

Israel has received information from the US Army on the new AH-64E model Apache, but the type is not on the force’s  procurement list, mainly due to budget-related reasons. (see full story)... Read more

FAA Upgrades Israel’s Aviation Safety Rating to Category 1

FAA Upgrades Israel’s Aviation Safety Rating to Category 1

1-Nov-2012Source: FAA

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

28-Aug-12 Boeing AH-64D Netanya, Israel

28-Aug-12 Boeing AH-64D Netanya, Israel

28-Aug-2012

Emergency landing after pilot had indication of system malfunction... Read more

15-Aug-12 Sikorsky CH-53 Tel Nof, Israel

15-Aug-12 Sikorsky CH-53 Tel Nof, Israel

15-Aug-2012

aircraft was forced to carry out an emergency landing near the Tel Nof airbase south of Tel Aviv... Read more

31-May-12 Sikorsky UH-60 Mitzpe Ramon, Israel

31-May-12 Sikorsky UH-60 Mitzpe Ramon, Israel

31-May-2012

Emergency landing made shortly after take-off... Read more

Israel develops active missile-shield for helicopters

Israel develops active missile-shield for helicopters

27-Apr-2012Source: Jerusalem Post

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)... Read more

09-Dec-11 Boeing AH-64D Upper Galilee, Israel

09-Dec-11 Boeing AH-64D Upper Galilee, Israel

9-Dec-2011

Emergency landing in a peanut field.  Photos appear to show helicopter intact and undamaged... Read more

South Korea could offer Surion work in Israel trainer bid

South Korea could offer Surion work in Israel trainer bid

1-Dec-2011

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)... Read more

Israel and Greece complete joint helicopter training

Israel and Greece complete joint helicopter training

6-Jul-2011

The training was held at the Larisa Air Force Base in Greece and the IAF sent three helicopter squadrons – Squadron 124 and 123 which fly Black Hawk transport helicopters and Squadron 113 which flies Apache Longbow attack helicopters (full story)... Read more

Israel to review Osprey for SAR and covert operations

Israel to review Osprey for SAR and covert operations

7-Jun-2011

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 covert operations behind enemy lines.... Read more

Spain arrests eight and impounds 16+ helicopters being exported to Iran

Spain arrests eight and impounds 16+ helicopters being exported to Iran

27-May-2011Source: HeliHub.com

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

Boeing awarded $12M contract for three Apaches for Israel

Boeing awarded $12M contract for three Apaches for Israel

9-Feb-2011Source: US DoD

The Boeing Co., Mesa, Ariz., was awarded on Feb. 2 an $11,990,145 firm-fixed-price contract.  The award will provide for three Apache helicopters for the country of Israel.  Work will be performed in Mesa, Ariz., with an estimated completion date of July 31, 2012.  One bid was solicited with one bid received.  The U.S. Army Contracting... Read more

Germany sends two CH-53s to fight Israeli fires

Germany sends two CH-53s to fight Israeli fires

5-Dec-2010

Germany has committed two helicopters to help Israeli fight their worst ever forest fire... Read more

Israeli military develops aerodynamic helicopter cargo container

Israeli military develops aerodynamic helicopter cargo container

19-Nov-2010Source: Janes

The new container was developed by the IDF’s Technological and Logistics Directorate and the Israeli Ministry of Defence’s (MoD’s) Research and Development Directorate (MAFAT).... Read more

Picador unmanned rotorcraft makes first flight

Picador unmanned rotorcraft makes first flight

18-Nov-2010Source: Flightglobal

Israel’s Aeronautics Defense Systems has performed the first flight of its Picador unmanned rotorcraft.... Read more

25-Oct-10 Sikorsky UH-60 Golan Heights, Israel

25-Oct-10 Sikorsky UH-60 Golan Heights, Israel

25-Oct-2010

Flew into an electric cable during a training flight; The Black Hawk was slightly damaged and no one on board was injured... Read more

IAI reports special forces interest in Panther tiltrotor UAV family

IAI reports special forces interest in Panther tiltrotor UAV family

4-Oct-2010Source: Flight Global

Israel Aerospace Industries’ Panther/K-80 tiltrotor unmanned air vehicle is being evaluated by special forces from other countries... Read more

Kitron Galilee resort adds helicopter shuttle service

Kitron Galilee resort adds helicopter shuttle service

12-Aug-2010Source: Healthstrip

The helicopter provides a door to door shuttle service from Ben Gurion International Airport (near Tel Aviv, central Israel) to the private cottages and spa chalets of Kitron... Read more

Urban Aeronautics AirMule Completes First Phase of Flight Testing

Urban Aeronautics AirMule Completes First Phase of Flight Testing

11-Jan-2010Source: Urban Aeronautics

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 vehicle’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

Israel drops interest in V-22, eyes CH-53K evaluation

Israel drops interest in V-22, eyes CH-53K evaluation

16-Nov-2009Source: Flight Global

The Israeli air force has abandoned its evaluation of the Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey and is instead showing interest in the capabilities of Sikorsky’s developmental CH-53K.... Read more

Black Eagle 50 unmanned helicopter to be displayed in Army & Police Exhibition in Tel Aviv

Black Eagle 50 unmanned helicopter to be displayed in Army & Police Exhibition in Tel Aviv

11-Oct-2009Source: Jerusalem Post

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

Israeli Air Force Testing Black Hawks With Firepower

Israeli Air Force Testing Black Hawks With Firepower

1-Sep-2009Source: Israel National News

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.... Read more

5-May-09  Bell AH-1 Ma'ale Efraim, Israel

5-May-09 Bell AH-1 Ma'ale Efraim, Israel

5-May-2009

5-May-09 Bell AH-1 Ma'ale Efraim, Israel... Read more

Israel requests four more Apaches, options for more

Israel requests four more Apaches, options for more

1-Mar-2009Source: Flightglobal

The Israeli air force wants to increase its inventory of Boeing AH-64D Apache Longbow attack helicopters.... Read more

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