State Department approves $ 3.5 billion helicopter sales potential to Australia: Pentagon

[Washington]The US State Department has approved the possibility of selling 29 Boeing AH-64E Apache attack helicopters to Australia in transactions worth up to $ 3.5 billion, the Pentagon announced Thursday.

The sale is one of a series of MQ-9B drones and related equipment purchased by Australia in April, about $ 1.6 billion, $ 1.6 billion in tanks and heavy armored fighting vehicles, and two CH-47F freight helicopters. It was $ 559 million. ..

Thursday’s package will include choppers, 69 spare engines, night-vision equipment, ammunition such as 85 AGM-114R Hellfire missiles, assistive devices, spare parts, and technical assistance, the Pentagon said.

The Pentagon’s Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress on Thursday of a possible sale.

“The proposed sale will improve Australia’s ability to respond to current and future threats,” the State Department said. Previously, the State Department called Australia “one of the most important allies in the Western Pacific.”

Despite approval by the State Department, the notice does not indicate that the contract has been signed or that negotiations have been completed.

The Pentagon said Boeing was the prime contractor for weapons.

By Mike Stone

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