MILLVILLE, N.J. — The Libyan government is interested in acquiring used U.S. Army Chinook helicopters, according to Boeing officials.
Boeing — the maker of the Chinook — is in discussions with the State Department about “opportunities to provide” used Army CH-47E helicopters to Tripoli, Raymond Haddad, Boeing’s head of Chinook sustainment, said Aug. 28 during a briefing at a company helicopter facility here.
The State Department and U.S. Congress must sign off on foreign weapons sales.
Libya has legacy CH-47C helicopters that were acquired in the 1970s; however, it is unclear how many remain in the inventory and are flyable, especially following the toppling of Muammar Gaddafi’s government by opposition forces in 2011.
The United Arab Emirates purchased 12 CH-47C Chinooks from Libya in 2003, according to a report in the state-run newspaper The National.
“Libya is anxious for some additional capability,” Haddad said.