Australia wants helicopters and pays $3.5 billion for them
CAMBERRA, BM, ($1=1,31 AUD) – According to a State Department announcement, Australia will buy 26 AH-64E Apache helicopters from the United States and pay approximately $ 3.5 billion. The price includes additional equipment, and the US Congress has already been notified of this sale.
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A State Department statement said that the “kangaroos” would receive 64 T700-GE 701D engines in addition to the helicopters. The purchase package also includes upgraded sights and sensors, radars, fire control systems, radar units, anti-missile systems, GPS systems, and more. The deal also contains armaments. These are the AGM-114R Hellfire missiles and the M36E8 Hellfire training missiles and two thousand sections for guiding the system for the actual precision killing of weapons and many others. Here you can see the complete list of equipment ordered from Australia.
According to the State Department, this deal will significantly improve Australians’ defense capabilities and operational capabilities during joint training, exercises, and missions with U.S. forces.
Four American companies are executors of the Australian order – Boeing, AZ, Mesa, and Lockheed Martin. In addition, at least eight U.S. officials will be sent to Australia to support the delivery and integration of helicopters into the Australian military and train, and further assist the Australian army.
2021 is a crucial year for the Australian military as they begin significant upgrades to their existing weapons systems and purchase new ones. For example, it became clear yesterday that the Australian government has already received the first Boxer armored vehicles, and they are already participating in the ongoing exercise in Australia.
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The deal is with the German concern Reinmetal and has a total value of nearly 4 billion dollars, and is being implemented by the Australian branch of the company. The first 25 armored reconnaissance vehicles have been delivered, and Kambera expects to receive the remaining 186 in the coming years.
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