US Approves Sale Of 12 Assaults Helicopters, and Others Nigeria
The sale of 12 AH-1Z Cobra attack helicopters and other weaponry to Nigeria for a total of roughly $1 billion has been authorized by the United States government.
Other weaponry include the Bell-built Cobras, 28 General Electric-built T700-401C engines, 2,000 Advanced Precision Kill Weapon Systems, and targeting and navigation systems, amongst other options.
According to a statement released on Thursday by the United States Defense Security Cooperation Agency, the sale of the helicopters and accompanying defense equipment to the Nigerian government has been completed.
According to the organization, the United States State Department has also allocated $25 million for human rights-related training for military personnel who will be in charge of the weaponry.
It went on to say that the $25 million will be used to provide “institutional and technical help” to the Nigerian military in order for it to continue its Air-to-Ground Integration program.
“The proposed sale will better equip Nigeria to contribute to shared security objectives, promote regional stability and build interoperability with the U.S. and other Western partners.
“This sale will be a major contribution to US and Nigerian security goals,” the statement said.