US State Department approves $2.6 bln Chinook helicopters sale to Egypt
The US State Department has approved the potential sale of CH-47F Chinook helicopters and related equipment to Egypt, the Pentagon announced on Thursday, explaining that the possible sale will strengthen Egypt's homeland defence and deter regional threats.
Egypt had requested to buy 23 CH-47F Chinook helicopters and related equipments for an estimated cost of $2.6 billion, a release by the Pentagon's Defence Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) said.
Boeing Helicopter Co. will be the principal contractor.
The DSCA said it delivered today the required certification notifying the US Congress of this possible sale to give its approval.
"This proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve the security of a Major Non-NATO Ally that continues to be an important strategic partner in the Middle East," read the press release.
The DSCA said the proposed sale will also improve Egypt’s heavy lift capability and that Egypt will use this enhanced capability to strengthen its homeland defence and deter regional threats.
Egypt will have no difficulty absorbing this equipment and services into its armed forces, noted the DSCA.
In March, the US Senate backed with an overwhelming majority in an 81-18 vote a massive arms sale to Egypt worth $2.2 billion, according to US news website Politico.
The deal including 12 Super Hercules C-130 transport aircraft and related equipment, in addition to air defence radar systems.
The US has been providing Egypt with foreign aid, including military assistance, since Cairo's 1979 peace deal with Israel.