Israel finalizes deal to acquire V-22 Osprey planes from U.S.

The V-22 Osprey. Credit: U.S. Navy photo by Lt. j.g. Anthony Falvo.

(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to The deal for the Israel Defense Forces to acquire the American V-22 Osprey aircraft was finalized during Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon’s meeting with his American counterpart Chuck Hagel on Friday at a defense ministers’ conference in Halifax, Canada.

Israel is the first country to receive the V-22 Osprey from the U.S. The aircraft takes off and lands like a helicopter but can convert to fly like an airplane at high speeds and altitudes once it is airborne. Israel expects to use the Osprey for long-distance search and rescue operations, among other activities.

Posted on November 24, 2013 .