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Decision time looms for Israeli CH-53D replacement

21st August 2020 - 15:00 GMT | by Arie Egozi in Tel Aviv


The Israeli Air Force (IAF) is drawing closer to a decision on which platform will replace its fleet of 23 aging CH-53D Yas'ur helicopters (pictured) with 20-25 new heavy-lift platforms from 2025.

The two main options on the programme, estimated by Shephard Defence Insight to cost about $1.5 billion, are the Sikorsky CH-53K King Stallion and a hybrid of the Boeing CH-47F/MH-47G Chinook designed with long-range fuel tanks and an air-to-air refuelling probe.

The IAF overhauled its Yas'ur fleet in the 1980s and it is now upgrading these helicopters to the Yasur 2025 configuration, which includes new EW equipment, communications

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Arie Egozi


Arie Egozi

Born in Israel, Arie Egozi served in the IDF and holds a political science and …

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