The resale of US-made military helicopters by Israel to Nigeria has been stopped by the US for its fight against Boko Haram last summer, according to Abuja.
“The transfer of such aircraft requires a review, in order to determine its "consistency with US policy interests," Jerusalem Post quoted Obama administration officials as saying.
Reviews of this kind take place in the case of "any requests for one country to transfer US-origin defense items to another country," White House Assistant Press Secretary and Director for Strategic Communications Ned Price said.
According to a report initially published in a local Nigerian daily, This Day, Nigerian government officials believe a large sale was halted because of "unfounded allegations of human rights violations by our troops." an unnamed Nigerian official was quoted as saying.
US officials told Post that such transfers must be consistent with a policy directive revised by President Barack Obama in January, which outlines the criteria for conventional weapons sales.
The policy requires US transfers, including of Boeing aircraft, take into account "the risk that significant change in the political or security situation of the recipient country could lead to inappropriate end-use" of the weapons.
The Nigerian military has ordered 1000 Beryl assault rifles from Poland for delivery this month and could follow up with 5000 rifles more. The rifles were ordered from Fabryka Broni Lucznik, Polish news agency PAP reported
Russia and Nigeria have signed a contract for the supply of Mi-171Sh and Mi-35 helicopters, Rosoboronexport deputy general director Sergei Goreslavsky announed Friday. "The Mi-171Sh machine is in steady demand on the foreign market
The Nigerian Air Force will soon take delivery of two AgustaWestland AW101 helicopters originally intended for the Indian Air Force and will be used for VIP transport duties. One of the AW101s was seen at AgustaWestlands facility in Yeovil, Somerset, in the United Kingdom painted in Nigerian Air Force (NAF) VIP colours
Alenia Aeronautica, a Finmeccanica company, delivered the first of two ATR 42MP Maritime Patrol aircraft to the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) as part of the contract signed in March 2007. The second aircraft is currently being converted and will be delivered to the customer in 2010
Nigeria is seeking to produce indigenous military equipment, supplementing with advanced foreign technologies. President Muhammadu Buhari said that the countrys over dependence on foreign military equipment is "unacceptable”
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