A proposed purchase request for a fleet of the Boeing-built heavy-lift helicopters has been approved by the United States.
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The US State Department has sanctioned a possible foreign military sale to the government of Egypt of 23 Boeing CH-47F Chinook helicopters for an estimated US$2.6 billion (AU$3.6 billion).
The sale also includes the provision of:
- embedded global positioning system (GPS) inertial navigation systems;
- Common Missile Warning Systems;
- machine guns;
- Common Missile Warning System (CMWS) classified software; and
- radar warning receivers (RWR).
“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,” the Defense Security Cooperation Agency said in a statement.
“The proposed sale will improve Egypt’s heavy-lift capability. 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.”
This announcement comes just a week after the US approved the sale of TOW 2A radio frequency missiles and support capabilities to the Egyptian government.
Raytheon Missiles & Defense was confirmed as the principal contractor.
The sale is expected to include 5,000 TOW 2A missile systems with an addition of 70 fly-to-buy lot acceptance missile units.
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