Confermati Osprey per Israele
Confermata la consegna delle prime 6 macchine entro un paio di anni. Israele diventa cosi’ il primo cliente estero del tiltrotor Bell-Boeing.
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Israel has gone to the front of the Bell Boeing production line for the delivery within two years of six V-22 tilt-rotor Ospreys specially modified for the Israeli Defense Forces, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Thursday.
Under the arrangement for the first foreign sale of the Ospreys, the Marine Corps has agreed to let Israel jump the line and take delivery of the next batch of tilt-rotors from the Corps, Hagel said.
“I’ve directed the Marine Corps to make sure this order is expedited [to show that] the Israeli-American defense relationship is stronger than ever,” Hagel said in a speech to the centennial meeting of the Anti-Defamation League in New York.
“To ensure that Israel receives the V-22s as soon as possible, the Marine Corps is moving Israel to the top of the production line,” defense officials said in a statement ahead of Hagel’s announcement. “Under this approach, Israel will begin taking delivery of their Ospreys, which will be modified to meet specific requirements of the IDF, in roughly two years.”