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Israel to lease firefighting airplanes

URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/israel/article/israel_to_lease_firefighting_airplanes_20110112

Israel will lease firefighting airplanes from Canada as it waits to purchase six new ones from the country at a cost of $200 million. The new firefighter airplanes under construction in Canada will be ready in about two years, according to the CBC. The leased planes will be flown by Canadian pilots. The $200 million deal, which includes the planes and other equipment, was agreed upon Monday between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Canadian Defense Minister Peter Gordon MacKay during the latter's visit to Israel, according to reports.

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