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State Dept OKs $8.6B in Helicopter, Missile, Logistics Support Requests from 4 US Allies

The State Department has approved foreign military sales agreements worth approximately $8.6 billion combined with Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Morocco.

Saudi Arabia requested to buy 48 Boeing-built (NYSE: BA) CH-47F Chinook helicopters, aircraft engines, GPS inertial navigation platforms, machine guns and common missile warning systems from the U.S. government under a potential $3.51 billion FMS contract, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency said Thursday.

Boeing and Honeywell‘s (NYSE: HON) aerospace business will act as principal contractors for the transaction, which seeks to help Saudi Arabia deter regional threats and support homeland defense efforts.

UAE asked to purchase Boeing-made Apache AH-64E helicopters and related services for approximately $3.51 billion in order to ensure security of its critical infrastructure.

Qatar also requested to procure logistics support and related equipment for its eight Boeing-made C-17 Globemaster III aircraft under a potential $700 million contract as well as spare engines and related support for its C-17s through a separate transaction valued at $81 million.

Boeing will serve as the prime contractor for both deals with Qatar.

The department also cleared Morocco’s request to buy $108 million in Raytheon-built TOW 2A missiles and technical services from the U.S. government in support of efforts to build up the country’s ground defense capability.

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