Washington approves $8.5 billion Chinook sale to Germany, unrelated to conflict

On Thursday, the administration of US President Joe Biden authorized the sale of $8.5 billion worth of Chinook helicopters to Germany.

The approval comes at a time when the conflict in Ukraine continues to put pressure on Western military stockpiles, “but it’s not directly related to the conflict,” according to the Associated Press.

The State Department said it has notified Congress that the United States intends to sell 60 Chinook helicopters to Germany along with engines and related parts, including missile warning systems.

It should be noted that the Chinook is one of the most important army helicopters, which was used to transport troops and equipment and was seen more than once in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

The State Department said the sale was intended to bolster Germany’s military transport capability and “deter regional threats” and made it clear that the helicopter was not intended for use in Ukraine.

“This proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security of the United States, improving the security of a NATO ally and being an important force for political and economic stability in Europe,” the conclusion reads.

Source: AB

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