The Israel Air Force (IAF) has completed its Sikorsky CH-53 life-extension programme.

The IAF said the last CH-53 left its Aerial Maintenance Unit workshop in late July and returned to its squadron. It declined to say precisely how many helicopters have been upgraded.

The nine-year project was aimed at extending the lives of its CH-53 ‘Yusur’ transport helicopters by 10 years by replacing their engines, communications, navigational systems, self-defence capabilities, and flight controls, and repairing cracks in their airframes. […]