An Israeli Air Force AH-1 during live fire demonstration on 28 June 2011 at the IAF Academy (Image (CC) Oren Rozen)

“USA blocked Cobra attack chopper sale to Nigeria”

The United States blocked the sale of retired Bell AH-1 Cobra attack helicopters to Nigeria by Israel, writes leading Israeli news paper Haaretz.

Apparently Nigeria said to want the air assets to combat terror/rebel organisation Boko Haram. According to Haaretz the deal was blocked during Earth’s northern hemisphere’s Summer. Washington normally blocks sales when it is afraid a sale would upset the military balance in the region, or when the receiving nation is not one of its greatest friends.

Israeli Air & Space Force’s 160 Squadron first flew 15 MD500s, 3 AH-1Ss and 17 AH-1Fs from 1980 to 2001, then switched to 15 ex-US Army AH-1E versions and 12 to 15 surviving AH-1Fs. In August 2013 the Israeli Defence Forces decided to retire the fleet and disband the squadron because of budgetary reasons. Moreover, the Cobra was deemed inferior to the more capable AH-64 Apache and 160 Squadron had bad luck with many incidents.

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Featured image: An Israeli Air Force AH-1 during live fire demonstration on 28 June 2011 at the IAF Academy (Image (CC) Oren Rozen)