Apparantly, their are many in Cheil Avir,( IAF ) who will agree that the F35 is not only expensive but also not the right aircraft for our needs. Whether the IAF needs new heavy lift helicopters is not debatable.Its a fact. Therefore, I do agree with your post. However the problem of juggling the budget may well become a nightmare. The question remains, how to convince those that decide, the true value of purchasing the above and the necessity. Multi role fighters, fast attack helicopters has always been a priority, due mainly to conservative planning. The IAF has truly kept these Yasur CH-53 2000 flying due to diligent maintenance. The only possible replacement could well be the CH-53GA or my favourite, the Osprey V22. Shalom.
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from the article: Yasur helicopter: A history of splendid service - and deadly collisions