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Israeli ground forces prefer Chinook over CH-53K

Israel may be erring towards the Boeing CH-47 Chinook, after the country's army said it preferred the tandem-rotor helicopter for an emerging requirement for heavy-lift rotorcraft.

The nation is looking to replace its current fleet of aged Sikorsky CH-53 Yasur helicopters from the late 2020s.

Although operated by the air force, the helicopters are used to transport troops from the Israeli ground forces, which have indicated a preference for the CH-47.

Israel is also considering the much larger CH-53K, currently being developed for the US Marine Corps, for the requirement.

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