US State Department approves Pakistan's request for arms worth $1b

Published: April 7, 2015
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The Pentagon on Monday said that Pakistan had requested 15 AH-1Z Viper helicopters made by the Bell arm of Textron Inc. PHOTO: bellhelicopter.com

The Pentagon on Monday said that Pakistan had requested 15 AH-1Z Viper helicopters made by the Bell arm of Textron Inc. PHOTO: bellhelicopter.com

The US State Department has approved Pakistan’s request to purchase US-made attack helicopters, missiles and other equipment valued at almost $1 billion, aimed at fighting insurgent’s in the country.

US defence companies are currently involved in a three-way tussle with Russia and China to sell weapons to Pakistan which is further complicated by the need to avoid upsetting India and its even larger arms’ import market.

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The Pentagon on Monday said that Pakistan had requested 15 AH-1Z Viper helicopters made by the Bell arm of Textron Inc alongside 1,000 Hellfire missiles produced by Lockheed Martin Corp and a host of other communications and training equipment with valued at a total of $952 million, according to a notification to Congress, which approves every sale.

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The deal would be structured as a foreign military sale between the two governments.

“This proposed sale of helicopters and weapon systems will provide Pakistan with military capabilities in support of its counterterrorism and counterinsurgency operations in South Asia,” said the Defense Security Cooperation Agency, which oversees US military exports.

Read: US gives ‘leftover’ arms to Pakistan

The United States, in January of this year handed over serviceable weapons, ammunition and other sophisticated military equipment to Pakistan that was being used by the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) troops in Afghanistan.

This article originally appeared on The Wall Street Journal

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Reader Comments (6)

  • Umair Khalid
    Apr 7, 2015 - 1:09PM

    futuristic with no doors and windows hahahaha!!!!Recommend

  • syed baqar ahsan
    Apr 7, 2015 - 5:04PM

    This is how USA hook us every time and spoils our up coming relation/deal with Russia and China and todays visit of FM of Iran spoils by sending killers of 8 Iranian soldiers.When this $1billion hard ware will come will be other start of delay game. Recommend

  • Asad Khan
    Apr 7, 2015 - 6:45PM

    @syed baqar ahsan:

    This is how USA hook us every time and spoils our up coming relation/deal with Russia and China and todays visit of FM of Iran spoils by sending killers of 8 Iranian soldiers.When this $1billion hard ware will come will be other start of delay game.

    How can this deal can jeopardize our relation with Russia or any other country for that matter? We are buying Helos from Russia, currently evaluating Helos from China. This particular sale was long overdue due to certain reasons.

    Iran needs to look into its own backyard just as we have to look into ours (Fata), simple. No love lost with Iran for any incident.

    Pakistanis should not feel Pessimistic about every thing due to the letter ‘P’ in the world.

    regards,Recommend

  • shahid
    Apr 7, 2015 - 9:21PM

    @Umair Khalid:
    My friend, thank God you display interest in somethings going around the security of Pakistan. There is no doors as this has canopy open C.Pits with Helmet mounted active displays. These are model 1Z; also called the Super Cobras or the Zulu Cobras; These are the best attack Heli’s in market today. This one has 4 rotors and extended arms for additional hardpoints on either side for missiles, rockets and munitions; Anyway, it is very nice to know that you are at least reading and trying to analyse and question and participate in discussions, whereas on the other side, most of guys in Pakistan only hear what is shouted out from minarets and react without using their own brains; Recommend

  • Azi
    Apr 8, 2015 - 3:46AM

    Just go with z10 now Recommend

  • hassan
    Apr 8, 2015 - 2:54PM

    Why doesn’t our government learn from past mistakes? Why are we buying this expensive hardware from a government which can effectively render them useless by denying us parts and support any time they see fit? We might not have got the best equipment from china but it would have been cheaper and we can rely on them any time to deliver. Recommend

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