Israel buys 12 Sikorsky CH-53K helicopters and two Boeing KC-46 aircrafts


According to a tweet published by the Israeli MOD on December 31, 2021, the Ministry of Defense Mission to the U.S. signed an agreement (LOA) with the US government for the purchase of 12 Lockheed Martin-Sikorsky helicopters and an additional agreement for the procurement of two Boeing KC-46 refueling aircraft.

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Israel buys 12 Sikorsky CH 53K helicopters and two Boeing KC 46 aircrafts Sikorsky CH-53K King Stallion helicopters (Picture source: Lockheed Martin)


The Sikorsky CH-53K King Stallion is a heavy-lift cargo helicopter currently being produced by Sikorsky Aircraft for the United States Marine Corps (USMC).

The design features three 7,500 shp (5,590 kW) engines, new composite rotor blades, and a wider aircraft cabin than previous CH-53 variants.

The Boeing KC-46 Pegasus is an American military aerial refueling and strategic military transport aircraft developed by Boeing from its 767 jet airliner. The first aircraft was delivered to the Air Force in January 2019. The Air Force intends to procure 179 Pegasus aircraft by 2027.

The Pegasus is a variant of the Boeing 767 and is a widebody, low-wing cantilever monoplane with a conventional tail unit featuring a single fin and rudder. It has a retractable tricycle landing gear and a hydraulic flight control system. The Pegasus is powered by two Pratt & Whitney PW4062 engines, one mounted under each wing.


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