The United States of America has given approval for the sale of 12 AH-1Z Cobra attack helicopters to Nigeria worth nearly $1bn.
VANTAGE NEWS reports that ht US had earlier refused to sell the helicopters to Nigeria over human rights concerns.
The package which includes $25m for human rights-related training, according to YahooNews was announced by the Defense Security Cooperation Agency on Thursday.
The sale includes the Bell-made Cobras; 28 General Electric-made T700-401C engines; 2,000 Advanced Precision Kill Weapon Systems used to convert unguided missiles into precision-guided missiles; and night vision, targeting and navigation systems.
d in July that the top Democrat and Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee delayed the sale amid concerns Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari was drifting toward authoritarianism. The country is facing multiple security challenges, including terrorism.
“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,” the announcement read.
“This sale will be a major contribution to US and Nigerian security goals,” it added
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