Bahrain signs $912m deal with US for attack helicopters

Bahrain signs $912m deal with US for attack helicopters
Published: 19 November 2018 - 8:05 a.m.

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.

 

 

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