The Israeli Air Force trained this week with its American counterpart on the Boeing-made V-22 Osprey plane-copter, which can lift off and land like a helicopter, and can transform mid-flight into a high-speed turboprop aircraft.

The exercise, which concluded on Thursday, also included U.S. Marines and Israel Defense Forces infantry units.

The deal for the IDF to acquire the Osprey aircraft was finalized during Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon’s meeting with his American counterpart Chuck Hagel last November. […]