Washington — The US State Department said on Friday that it had approved the possibility of selling 18 CH-53K heavy lift helicopters to Israel in a transaction worth up to $ 3.4 billion.
The package includes engines, navigation systems, weapons, support equipment, spares, and technical support. Lockheed Martin and General Electric are the prime contractors.
“The United States is committed to Israeli security, and it is essential for the United States’ national interest to help Israel develop and maintain its strong and prepared self-defense capabilities,” the State Department said in a statement. Stated.
Despite approval by the State Department, the notice does not indicate that the contract has been signed or that negotiations have ended.