I came across this helicopter and am wondering what the oblong things on either side of the helicopter are, parallel to the front-back axis, offset from the main body.
The helicopter is a Sikorsky CH-53 (probably an 'E' model). According to this site, the two sponsons holding the fuel tanks are also the place where the landing gear retract.
EDIT: Probably not an 'E' model as the 'E' model has a seven-blade rotor, while the one in this picture doesn't. I'd say this is a 'D' model or an MH-53 'J' model.
The helicopter is a S-65C-3 Yas'ur (Albatross). It is a CH-53D version similar to USAF HH-53C Pave Low. Here is a photo of the same.
The identification is based on the following:
Six bladed main rotor
The sponsons which hold the fuel
The only variant of CH-53D with in-flight refueling probe in service is the Israeli version. All others (HH-53 and MH-53) have been retired. CH-53E has refueling probe, but it has 7 blades.
Israel ordered 36 of these,of which around 23 are still in service.