IDF trains with American troops on V-22 Osprey ‘plane-copter’

The V-22 Osprey "plane-copter." Credit: U.S. Navy photo by Lt. j.g. Anthony Falvo.

( The Israeli Air Force trained this week with its American counterpart on the Boeing-made V-22 Osprey “plane-copter,” which can lift off and land like a helicopter, and then transform mid-flight into a high-speed turboprop aircraft.

The exercise, which concluded on Thursday, also included U.S. Marines and Israel Defense Forces infantry units, according to Israel Hayom.

The deal for the IDF to acquire the Osprey aircraft was finalized during Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon’s meeting with his American counterpart Chuck Hagel last November.

Israel purchased six Osprey aircrafts, which are scheduled to arrive in 2016. The V-22 is primarily used by the U.S. military for special forces operations.

Posted on March 7, 2014 .