Israel to Buy $2B in US Military Aircraft from Lockheed Martin

The Israel Defense Ministry said they will buy 12 Lockheed Martin CH-53K helicopters and two Boeing KC-46 refueling planes from the US as part of strengthening its defense capabilities.

The ministry said the deal is worth around $2 billion, adding “the procurement of these platforms is part of a wider Ministry of Defense program to strengthen the capabilities of the IDF and preparedness to face current and development threats.”

The first helicopters were due to arrive in Israel in 2026, where Israeli Brigadier-General Shimon Tsentsiper, chief of materiel for the air force, said that the refueling planes on order would not be delivered before 2025.

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