A PLANNED Foreign Military Sale (FMS) of 18 Bell UH-1H-II Huey II helicopters to Lebanon has been given US State Department approval. The US Defense Security Co-operation Agency (DSCA) announced the proposed deal on September 19, saying that it had notified Congress of the sale two days earlier.
The estimated cost of the deal is $180 million. The DSCA said that this proposed sale serves US national, economic and security interests by providing Lebanon with mobility capabilities needed to maintain internal security, enforce United Nation’s Security Council Resolutions 1559 and 1701, and counter terrorist threats.
The proposed sale of these aircraft will enable Lebanon to meet present and future challenges posed by internal and border security threats, evacuations, search and rescue, and drug interdiction operations, says the DSCA. The Huey II will augment Lebanon’s six other recently-purchased Huey II aircraft, which were delivered in December 2012. They will also help replace its aging fleet of 19 UH-1Hs. Alan Warnes