US to Sell Five Armed Bell 407GX Helicopters to Iraq


 

US to Sell Five Armed Bell 407GX Helicopters to Iraq

ERBIL – The US State Department has approved to sell five armed Bell 407GX light attack helicopters to the Iraqi security forces as part of the country’s fight against the Islamic State (IS), the Defense Security Cooperation Agency said in a statement.

The Defense Post cited the statement as explaining that the sale of the new helicopters, apart from compensating Baghdad’s loss of seven 407 helicopters in combating the militant group, they will also help further strengthen the country’s combat effectiveness against the extremists or any other terrorist groups in Iraq.

According to the release, “Iraq will be configured with M240 7.62mm machine guns and Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS) M260 rocket launchers,” as cited by the report, adding that the program is estimated to cost $ 82.5 million.

http://www.basnews.com/index.php/en/news/iraq/470947

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