During his visit to the U.S., the Minister of Defense, Moshe (Bogie) Yaalon, tried out the advanced helicopter-airplane that Israel is considering purchasing. “It is an impressive aircraft that will provide the long arm of the IDF unique capabilities”
Shir Aharon Baram
Minister of Defense, Moshe (Bogie) Yaalon, flew on the helicopter-airplane, the V-22, during his last visit to Washington. “During the flight, I sat in the cockpit and listened to the explanations of the pilots of the aircraft and its capabilities. It is an impressive aircraft that will provide the long arm of the IDF unique capabilities, wrote the minister on his Facebook page.
The Defense Minister’s flight is an additional step in a process in which the IAF tests advanced aircraft. In the past representatives from the force visited the Marine base in South Carolina in order to test out its capabilities up close, and the former Commander of the Air force, Major General (Res.) Ido Nachushtan, even went out on a flight to get an impression of the aircraft.
The V-22 is a unique aircraft that has fixed wings like an airplane, but next to them also a rotor system of the same kind with which helicopters are equipped that change their position in the air. Through this unique combination, the aircraft can maneuver with ease like an airplane, while allowing for the flexible take offs and landings of a helicopter. The aircraft, which is a product of the development of the American companies Bell and Boeing, is capable of flying at speeds almost double that the average helicopter, and is designed for rescue missions, transport, and assigned transport of special forces.
The V-22 is operated these days in the U.S. army, and has already managed to accumulate over 100,000 flight hours in operations. As such, the IAF was also quite impressed with the special aircraft, and is currently considering the possibility of purchasing a fleet of V-22 for use in Israel.