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Monday, 12 December 2016 - 10:25
US approves $7bn military deal with Arab coalition nations
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The United States approved a series of deals worth more than $7 billion to supply military helicopters, planes and missiles to four of its Arab allies involved in the coalition waging war on rebels in Yemen.

The latest approval marks another windfall for plane maker Boeing and other large US defence manufacturers, although it may face opposition from critics of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates' controversial role in Yemen's ongoing civil war.

Among the biggest agreement announced by the US State Department was for the $3.51 billion sale to the Saudi kingdom - which is leading the coalition in Yemen - of 48 CH-47F Chinook cargo helicopters with spare engines and machine guns.

Boeing and Honeywell Aerospace will be the main contractors, while up to 60 Americans - both private and government employees - will work in Saudi Arabia to maintain the aircraft.
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