US Department of Defense intends to sell combat helicopters and aircraft missiles to Bahrain for an estimated cost of $911.4 million. The Pentagon has delivered the required certification notice to the Congress. The statement emphasizes that the State Department doesn’t object to the supply of such arms.
Bahrain has requested attack helicopters AH-1Z, replacement engines, AGM-114 and APKWS II missiles, as well as radars, communications systems and other equipment. The US Defense Ministry believes that this deal “will not alter the basic military balance in the region.”
The Pentagon is obliged by the law to notify the Congress of plans to sell weapons or military equipment to other countries. The congressmen have 30 days to block the deal, but this happens extremely rarely.