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12:13 PM, November 16, 2018
Bahrain Buys 12 Bell AH-1Z Attack Helicopters worth $912m
AH-1Z attack helicopter (Image: Bell Textron Inc)

Bahrain has signed an agreement with Bell Helicopter Textron Inc to procure 12 Bell AH-1Z twin-engine attack helicopters after the United States senate voted down a draft resolution to block US Arms sales to Bahrain.

It would cost an approximate $912 million for Bahrain to buy 12 helicopters. The first batch of the aircraft will be delivered to Bahrain by the end of 2022, the official Bahrain News Agency reported on Thursday.

The US Senate, on Thursday, rejected a measure, provided by Republican Senator Rand Paul, to block US arms sales to Bahrain over the island’s involvement in the Yemen war.

The bill aimed to stop the sale of $300m in US-made weapons to Bahrain, which includes guided missiles and rocket launch systems, as well as the training of military personnel, and technical and logistical support.

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