The US State Department this week approved a pending sale of 24 OH-58 Kiowa armed reconnaissance helicopters plus associated equipment to Tunisia. The estimated cost is $100.8 million.
The Kiowas allow Tunisia to better patrol its borders against terrorist group in neighbouring Libya. The helicopters will further modernize the Tunisian armed forces and increase its interoperability with U.S. forces and other coalition partners, the US State Department claims.
Following delivery, a total of 25 US personnel will be based in Tunisia for approximately five years to support fielding, maintenance and training.
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Featured image: A US Army Kiowa, seen in Afghanistan in December 2011. (Image © US Army)