US to sell Osprey aircraft to Israel

Two US Navy V-22 Osprey aircraft operate from the flight deck of the USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) during developmental testing on July 1, 2004.

The Pentagon plans to sell six Osprey aircraft to Israel in a deal worth more than $1 billion.

The Pentagon notified Congress on Tuesday about the details of the long-planned deal, AFP reports.

Members of Congress have 15 days to raise any objections to the $1.13 billion arms package.

Apart from the six tilt-rotor Osprey V-22s, the package includes radar, missile warning systems, radios, night vision goggles, navigation systems and other equipment for the Ospreys, according to the Defense Security Cooperation Agency.

The arms package will improve Israelâ„¢s special operations capabilities, the agency said in a statement. “The V-22B provides the capability to move personnel and equipment to areas not accessible by fixed wing lift assets.”

The US Air Force relies on the Osprey to conduct special operations overseas. The aircraft was plagued by accidents and technical problems in its early years but has been heavily used in the war in Afghanistan.

The US provides $3.1 billion annual military aid to Israel making the Zionist regime the largest recipient of US aid in the world.

In a visit to Israel in March, 2013, US President Barack Obama pledged to extend annual military aid to Tel Aviv through 2027.

The pending 10-year military aid package would commit the United States to give up to $40 billion in military grant assistance to Israel. It would automatically kick in after the current 10-year, $30 billion agreement expires in 2017.


Source: Press TV