Joint military exercise of IDF infantry units & U.S. Marines ended Thursday.
Israeli Air Force trained on the Osprey, that lifts off & lands like a helicopter but transforms mid-flight into a high-speed turboprop aircraft. The IAF is planned to begin taking delivery in 2016 of the 6 purchased aircraft.
By Lilach Shoval
The Israeli Air Force trained this week with its American counterpart on the Boeing-made V-22 Osprey plane-copter, which can lift off and land like a helicopter, and can transform mid-flight into a high-speed turboprop aircraft.
The V-22 Osprey is primarily used by the U.S. military for Special Forces operations – Photo: GettyImages
The exercise, which concluded on Thursday, also included U.S. Marines and Israel Defense Forces infantry units.
The deal for the IDF to acquire the Osprey aircraft was finalized during Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon’s meeting with his American counterpart Chuck Hagel last November.
Israel purchased six Osprey aircraft, which are scheduled to arrive in 2016.
The V-22 is primarily used by the U.S. military for special forces operations.
View original Israel Hayom publication at: http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=15981