Force Multipliers for the Israel Air Force


v-22-ospreyThe new arms deal with the U.S. includes the V-22 Osprey, an airplane-helicopter hybrid that can take off and land like a helicopter but fly like an airplane. Israel will be the first country in the world to get the Osprey outside of the U.S.

The Osprey will replace Israel’s aging Sikorsky CH-53 Sea Stallion heavy cargo helicopter fleet. The V-22 is an advanced, modern aircraft with additional functionality and capabilities, enhanced safety for its passengers, and a 25% reduction in fuel consumption in comparison to the Sea Stallion.

Also part of the arms deal is the KC-135 Stratotanker, a flying gas station, that allows the air force to extend its already long range and allows its fighter jets to operate far from the country’s borders. There is no doubt this is a force multiplier for the Israel Air Force.

{ Israel News Bureau}


  1. #1. No it’s not.

    KC-135, OTOH, while it is a workhorse, is very old (it’s a militaraized Boeing 707 – remember those?).

  2. The Ospry has been delayed because of many mechanical problems. It has crashed many times. I’m assuming that now that Israel is buying it the problems have been satisfactorily fixed.