The U.S state department has approved an amount of $3.5 billion helicopter sale to the Pentagon Freight of Australia. According to reports, Australia is about to receive 29 Boeing Co (BAN) AH-64E Apache attack helicopters. However, until the U.S state department approves the deal or until the negotiations are not completed, it does not indicate that the contract has been signed.
Earlier this April, Australia has also received 12 MQ-9B drones and other related equipment for around $1.6 billion. Australia procured the tanks for a whopping $1.6 billion. Moreover, heavily armored combat vehicles are purchased by Australia. Along with the previous combat vehicles come four CH-47F cargo helicopters, and the value of the purchase for both is valued at $259 million.Australia’s latest purchase includes choppers, 69 spare engines, equipment that is used for night vision, munitions like AGM-114R Hellfire missiles.
In the Western Pacific region for U.S, Australia is the most important ally.However, until the U.S state department approves the deal or until the negotiations are not completed, it does not indicate that the contract has been signed. The Australian freight Pentagon said that for buying weapons, Boeing was its prime contractor.