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    NEWS | AgustaWestland AW119Kx Koala in Heil Ha'Avir

    Israel Ordered Seven AW119Kx Trainers

    Israeli Air Force (IAF) ordered 7 Leonardo AW119Kx helicopters to replace the Bell 206 in the training role at the aviation flight academy in Hatzerim AFB


    Israel Ordered Seven AW119Kx Trainers

    Israel MoD, February 19, 2019 - On Thursday February 14th, Israel’s Ministry of Defense and the Italian Defense Ministry signed an agreement regarding the procurement of seven advanced military training helicopters for the Israeli Air Force (IAF).

    According to the agreement, the Ministry of Defense will purchase seven AW119Kx helicopters in a deal that will see the Italian Defense Ministry buy an equivalent value of Israeli military technology.

    The helicopters, to be used by the Flight Academy in Hatzerim AFB, are due to gradually replace the Israeli Air Force’s current “Saifan” (Bell 206) training helicopter, which has been in use since the 1970s.

    Manufactured by the Italian company Leonardo, the AW119 is used by dozens of police and defense forces around the world. The company has also manufactured the M-346 (Known as “Lavi” in Israel) trainer aircraft, acquiredd by the IAF five years ago.

    As part of the Lavi agreement signed in 2011, 30 trainer aircraft were purchased. In exchange, the Italians purchased an equivalent value of Israeli aerospace technology, including satellites and surveillance aircraft. To this day, the Lavi aircraft have operated for tens of thousands of hours and are considered a great success.

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