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Israel: 7 AW-119 Leonardo helicopters ordered

Good omen for the tender in the United States?

After yesterday's rumors, today the Ministry of Defense of Israel -by "Twitter"- has formalized the initials of the order of 7 Leonardo AW-119 Koala helicopters from Italy in an agreement of about 350 million dollars which also provides maintenance for 20 years of aircraft. At the same time Italy should buy in exchange from Elbit Systems simulators to be used to train helicopter pilots, which -according to the Israeli press- could also be added to the anti-tank Spike missiles produced by Rafael. An important victory for the Italian industry and for Leonardo who was selected to supply the new training aircraft for the Israeli armed forces beating the competition from Bell and Airbus, which will be the three competitors also in the call for tenders issued by the US Navy in which the Italian company will participate with the same AW-119. This first victory for Leonardo could be positive also for the most important -economically speaking- competition in the United States.

Below, the tweet of the Israeli defense ministry:

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