While Iraq’s request to purchase Apache attack helicopters and Hellfire missiles has garnered headlines this week, two other regional countries have received approval to buy US military equipment.
The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DCSA) has notified Congress that it has approved key foreign military sales to the United Arab Emirates and Libya last week, bring the total worth of approvals to $7.1 billion.
According to the agency, the UAE has requested the purchase of 30 F-16 Block 61 aircraft and the upgrade of its existing F-16 Block 60 fleet at the estimated cost of $270 million. Libya has requested personnel training for 6,000 to 8,000 troops at an estimated cost of $600 million. Iraq’s request to purchase and lease equipment of Apaches attack helicopters and equipment along with Hellfire missiles for its counterinsurgency operations is worth about $6.9 billion.