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US Approves Israel Purchase of 8 KC-46 Tanker Aircraft for $2.4 Billion

© AFP 2021 / HANDOUTBoeing KC-46A over Edwards Air Force Base, California
Boeing KC-46A over Edwards Air Force Base, California - Sputnik International
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WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The US Department of State approved an Israeli request to buy up to eight KC-46 aerial refueling and military transport aircraft and related equipment in a deal valued at $2.4 billion, the Defence Security Cooperation Agency announced in a press release.
"The government of Israel has requested to buy up to eight KC-46 aircraft; up to seventeen PW4062 turbofan engines (16 installed, 1 spare); and up to eighteen GPS receivers (16 installed, 2 spares)", the release said on Tuesday. "The total estimated program cost is $2.4 billion".

The Defence Security Cooperation Agency emphasized in the release the US commitment to Israel’s security.

"It is vital to US national interests to assist Israel to develop and maintain a strong and ready self-defence capability", the release said.

The proposed sale further supports the foreign policy and national security of the United States by allowing Israel to provide a redundant capability to US assets in the Mideast region, possibly freeing US assets for use elsewhere during times of war, the release added.

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