Senior Israeli Air Force (IAF) officials have told Lockheed Martin that they intend to evaluate the Sikorsky CH-53K King Stallion as a possible replacement for the CH-53 Yas'ur (Sea Stallion) helicopters that have been in Israeli service for more than 40 years.
"We were very fortunate to meet Brigadier General Noam Reef [head of the IAF Helicopter Division] and the IAF attaché to the US, Brigadier General [Amir] Keren," Beth Parcella, director of the international CH-53K programme at Lockheed Martin, told journalists in Israel on 23 May. "They let us know that a formal request for flight evaluation would occur this year."
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