US approves to sell Attack Helicopters and Missiles to Bahrain

The U.S. State Department approved the sale to Bahrain of 12 Bell AH-1Z attack helicopters as well as 26 engines, dozens of missiles and rockets of various kinds and a variety of navigation, missile planning, communications and electronic warfare systems at an estimated cost of $911.4 million, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency said in a release.

Additionally, the deal includes personnel training and training equipment and US government and contractor engineering, technical and logistics support services.

“This proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve the security of a major non-NATO ally which is an important security partner in the region,” the DSCA statement said. “Our mutual defense interests anchor our relationship and the Royal Bahraini Air Force plays a significant role in Bahrain’s defence.”

 AH-1Z Viper attack helicopter

The statement also noted that the proposed sale “improves Bahrain’s capability to meet current and future threats.”

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The DSCA and State Department have now delivered the required notification to the US Congress informing its members of the possible sale.

AH-1Z Viper attack helicopter

In September, the State Department approved a sale of 19 F-16V fighter aircraft to Bahrain in a deal worth $2.78 billion.

 

Source Credit: Arabian Business

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