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israel us helicopters deal: israel buys attack helicopters refueling planes from us amid tensions with iran, israel buys combat helicopters from us worth $3.1 billion

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Israel has signed a deal with the US to buy a dozen Lockheed Martin-Sikorsky helicopters and two Boeing KC-46 refueling aircraft. This information was given by the Ministry of Defense of Israel. In a statement, the ministry on Friday estimated the scope of the helicopter agreement at $2 billion and the two refueling aircraft at $1.1 billion.

The ministry said the Lockheed Martin-Sikorsky helicopters will replace the existing Yasur helicopters of the Israel Air Force. The deal also includes the option to buy six additional helicopters. According to the report of Xinhua news agency, the first helicopter is expected to reach Israel in 2026. The ministry said the platform for the Boeing refueling planes will be “adapted to meet the operational requirements of the Israeli Air Force and Israeli systems will be integrated into the aircraft.”

According to the ministry, “the deals are part of a larger-scale program that the ministry and military have been undertaking for the past year and a half, aimed at strengthening Israel’s military capabilities, force building and preparedness to face current and future threats.” Is.’ Earlier, Iran had given a direct warning to the Naftali Bennett government by firing 16 missiles simultaneously amid the looming threat of an Israeli attack. Iranian army generals have said that this rain of missiles is an open warning to Israel. The missiles that Iran has tested are capable of hitting a range of 350 km to 2000 km.

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