Israel could double the size of a potential order and buy 12 V-22 Ospreys, and form part of a plan to preserve production of the tiltrotor aircraft for several more years, Bell Helicopter chief executive John Garrison says.

The US Department of Defense notified Congress on 14 January that Israel had requested a potential sale of six MV-22Bs. But the Israeli government has requested information from the manufacturer for an order of twice that amount, says Garrison, speaking on the eve of the Heli-Expo 2014 convention.

“Israel has notified for six to 12 aircraft,” Garrison says.