The US State Department has approved the sale of 96 AH-64E Apache attack helicopters to Poland, said the Minister of National Defense Mariusz Błaszczak. As the head of the Ministry of National Defense added, “until the procedures are completed and the purchased helicopters are delivered to Poland, the US Army will provide us with Apache helicopters from its own resources.”
About the decision of the American side Mariusz Blaszczak he announced on Twitter. “Important news! The State Department has approved the sale of 96 AH-64E Apache attack helicopters to Poland,” he said. He added that “according to my arrangements with Secretary of Defense L. Austin, until the procedures are completed and the purchased helicopters are delivered to Poland, the army USA will provide us with Apache helicopters from its own resources.”
The American side reported that the State Department agreed to sell the helicopters with weapons for an estimated amount of $ 12 billion. The package with helicopters includes, among others: radars and 1,844 AGM-114R2 Hellfire missiles, 460 JAGM air-to-surface missiles, 508 Stinger anti-aircraft missiles, said the Pentagon the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA).
“This proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security objectives of the United States by enhancing the security of an ally FOR THISwhich works for political stability and economic progress in Europe,” it was written. The agency notified Congress of the potential transaction.
Apache for the Polish Army
Last year, Błaszczak announced the offer to buy 96 Apache helicopters. During the last visit to Washington, the minister announced that for the time of finalizing the transaction and delivering the machines, the US ground forces will provide Poland with eight Apaches.
At the end of July, Błaszczak informed that “soon, at the beginning of August, the first Polish pilots will start training on Apaches.” to strengthen the Polish Army – he said.
Boeing AH-64E Apache helicopters are basic attack helicopters used by the US Army since the 1980s.
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