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Pentagon Wants Israel to Have Ospreys By 2015

PentagonThe Defense Department has prioritized a foreign military sales order from Israel for six Boeing (NYSE: BA) and Bell Helicopter-built V-22 Ospreys ahead of the U.S. Marine Corps, Defense News reported Thursday.

Marcus Weisgerber writes Israel’s formal request for modified versions of the tilt-rotor aircraft came this week following Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s visit to the Middle East in April.

Israel will be the first foreign country to receive an Osprey from the U.S. and will receive the Ospreys within the next two years under an accelerated production timeline, according to Defense News.

The U.S. Marine Corps will receive their Ospreys at a later date, the publication reports.

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