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    US Approves Sale of 17 Chinook Cargo Helicopters to Netherlands

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    The US State Department has approved the sale of 17 Chinook cargo helicopters to the Netherlands, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) said in a statement.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The Chinook sale will enhance the defense of The Netherlands and support NATO cooperation, according to the DSCA. The 17 Chinooks will supplement existing Chinook helicopters and eventually replace the Netherlands’ aging Chinook fleet.

    “The proposed sale of CH-47F (Chinook) aircraft will improve the Netherlands’ capability to meet current and future requirements for troop movement, medical evacuation, aircraft recovery, parachute drop, search and rescue, disaster relief, fire-fighting, and heavy construction support,” the DSCA said on Monday.

    The deal is valued at $1.05 billion.

    The Chinook is a two-engine tandem rotor cargo helicopter used for troop, artillery, weapons and supply transport. The heavy-lift helicopter is also widely used in humanitarian missions.

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