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Boeing: Libya Has Interest in Used U.S. Army Chinooks

Aug. 31, 2012 - 06:12AM   |  
By MARCUS WEISGERBER   |   Comments
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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.

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