State Dept OKs $952M Helicopter, Missile Sale to Pakistan

Helicopter RadarThe State Department has approved Pakistan’s request to purchase Viper attack helicopters and Hellfire missiles from the U.S. under a potential $952 million foreign military sales agreement.

Pakistan will use the precision strike aircraft and weapons to carry out counterterrorism and counter-insurgency operations in the North Waziristan Agency, federally-administered tribal areas and other locations, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency said Monday.

Principal contractors for the sale include:

  • Bell Helicopter
  • Boeing (NYSE: BA)
  • General Electric (NYSE: GE)
  • Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT)

Pakistan’s request includes 15 AH-1Z Viper attack helicopters, 32 T-700 GE engines, 1000 AGM-114 R Hellfire II missiles, mission computers, target sight and communication systems, embedded global positioning systems, helmet mounted displays and warning systems.

Contractors will also work to develop and integrate software and systems, deliver aircraft to Pakistan, supply spare and repair parts, provide tools and test equipment, and perform technical documentation and personnel training.

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