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US Greenlights Helicopters Sale to ‘Israeli’ Entity
By Staff, Agencies
The US State Department approved the sale of 18 Sikorsky CH-53K King Stallion heavy-lift helicopters to Israel to replace its aging CH-53 Yasurs.
The deal will also include up to 60 T408-GE-400 Engines, and up to 36 embedded GPS/Inertial Navigation Systems [EGI] with Selective Availability/Anti-Spoofing Module [SAASM] as well as an unspecified number of GAU-21 .50 caliber machine guns and more.
The main contractors will be Lockheed Martin Global and General Electric Company. It is worth an estimated $3.4 billion.
“The United States is committed to the security of ‘Israel,’ and it is vital to US national interests to assist ‘Israel’ to develop and maintain a strong and ready self-‘defense’ capability,” the State Department claimed.
“The proposed sale will improve the ‘Israeli’ Air Force’s capability to transport armored vehicles, personnel, and equipment to support distributed operations,” the statement added.
The Zionist regime announced in February that it would purchase one squadron of CH-53K over Boeing’s CH-47 to replace its fleet of Yasur helicopters at Tel Nof Air Base.
First used by the IAF in 1969, the Yasur is the air force’s primary helicopter used to transport soldiers and equipment and has taken part in a wide variety of missions, including secret operations as well as search and rescue missions.
Zionist War Minister Benny Gantz said the CH-53K has been “adapted” to his occupation entity’s Air Force’s operational requirements and that the decision to purchase the CH-53k was a significant step in building up the Zionist military’s capabilities.
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