The US State Department has approved a foreign military sale (FMS) of AH-1Z Attack helicopter and associated equipment to Nigeria for an estimated cost of $997m.

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency has notified Congress of this deal.

The Government of Nigeria had sought for purchase of twelve (12) AH-1Z Attack helicopters; 28 T-700 GE 401C engines; and 2,000 advanced precision kill weapon system (APKWS) guidance sections.

The deal also includes night vision cueing display (NVCD); communication equipment; commercial variant GPS with standard positioning service (SPS); electronic warfare systems; M197 20mm machine gun; AN/AVS-9 Aviator’s night vision imaging system; target sight system (TSS); support equipment; spare engine containers; spare and repair parts; tools and test equipment.

The African nation had also sought for technical data and publications; personnel training and training equipment; mission planning system; technical, and logistics support services; US government and contractor assistance, and oversight of facilities construction.

This deal also includes allocation of $25m of case funds for institutional and technical assistance to the Armed Forces of Nigeria (AFN) to continue air ground integration (AGI) programme.

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According to the State Department, this proposed sale will not change the military balance in the Sub-Saharan African region.

The key contractors involved in this deal are Bell Helicopter of Textron, Fort Worth, Texas; and General Electric Company, Lynn, Massachusetts.