Bahrain has signed a $912 million deal with US-based Bell Helicopter to buy 12 AH-1Z Viper helicopters.
The GCC nation will receive the first batch from the American aerospace manufacturer by the end of 2022, Bahrain News Agency reported.
The news came during a news conference held by Air Vice-Marshal Sheikh Hamad bin Abdullah bin Al-Khalifa, the commander of Bahrain’s royal air force, at Bahrain International Airshow.
The deal came on the same day that the US Senate rejected a long-shot effort to block $300m in arms sales to Bahrain, as the bill's opponents stressed the island nation was a critical ally hosting an American naval base.
The effort, led by Republican Senator Rand Paul, failed as the Senate voted 77 to 21 to table the measure, essentially killing it.