Inside Israel’s CH-53 Squadrons
In the coming weeks, the Israeli government is expected to have a final decision in the competition to replace the CH-53 transport helicopter, operated by the Israeli Air Force’s (IAF) 118th “Night Birds” Sqdn. for more than 50 years. The IAF is considering two main replacements—the Lockheed Martin CH-53K and the Boeing CH-47—while also mulling an extra deal for V-22s manufactured by Boeing. IAF pilots and technician teams have flown the two heavy helicopters in the U.S. to inform the decision.
—Images and text by Amit Agronov in Tel Aviv