Turkey requests AH-1W helicopters
US Congress has been notified of the possible sale to Turkey of three AH-1W Super Cobra attack helicopters by the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) on 28 October 2011.
The Turkish government has requested the AH-1W aircraft under the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) route. If it goes ahead the deal will also include seven T700-GE-401 engines, equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated combined cost of $111 million.
According to the DSCA: ‘The proposed sale will improve Turkey's capability for self defence, modernization, regional security, and interoperability with US and other NATO members. AH-1W helicopters are already in the Turkish Land Forces Command inventory and will further enhance Turkey’s ground defence capabilities. Turkey will have no difficulty absorbing these helicopters into its armed forces.’
If the deal goes ahead the aircraft will be sold from the US Marine Corp inventory, and will include the assignment of contractor representatives to Turkey for training purposes.
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