Israel is likely to buy a squadron of Boeing’s upgraded F-15s and must choose between Sikorsky-Lockheed Martin’s CH-53K helicopters or Boeing’s CH-47 Chinook.

The IDF is preparing for two major deals with the US, including the procurement of aircraft designed to renew its stock of warplanes and transportation helicopters. It has been decided to purchase two air force squadrons, following the establishment of a squadron of F-35 Adir fighters, the world’s most advanced stealth aircraft. The IDF received its first F-35s in December.

Most of the money for the procurement will come from $3.33 billion US aid money allocated for the F-35 projects and missile inventory. The exact budget for buying the planes will become clear only after the budget is divided in the framework of the Gideon multi-year plan and the beginning of implementation of the new aid agreement in 2018. […]