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Iraq approved for purchase of armed Bell 407GX helicopters

Iraq approved for purchase of armed Bell 407GX helicopters

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Oct. 5 (UPI) -- The U.S. State Department this week approved the sale of Bell 407GX helicopters to Iraq for an estimated cost of $ 82.5 million. The sale, announced Thursday by the State Department, is meant to "help compensate" for the combat loss of seven IA407 helicopters, as well as increase the combat effectiveness of the Iraqi Security Forces, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency said Friday. The five helicopters will be configured with M240 7.62mm machine guns, RF-7850A secure communications radios, AN/AAR-60 MILDS automatic plume detectors, M3P .50 caliber machine guns, M260 rocket launchers, GAU-19 .50 caliber machine guns and other system management systems. The sale also includes spare parts and support. "Providing Iraq with this capability supports U.S. security goals by fu...
Armed groups in Libya torturing migrants, selling slaves, U.N. says

Armed groups in Libya torturing migrants, selling slaves, U.N. says

World
March 21 (UPI) -- Seven years after the U.S. and NATO-led effort to remove Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, armed groups are committing human rights abuses and people are being sold in slave markets, according to United Nations officials.Andrew Gilmour, United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, said the situation in Libya has not improved since Gaddafi was toppled and killed in 2011. Armed groups with no connection to the government have proliferated throughout the country and are detaining people arbitrarily and subjecting them to torture and murder."Extrajudicial and unlawful killings are rampant," Gilmour said. "In what has become an increasing pattern in and around Benghazi over the last two years, more bodies with signs of torture and hands bound were found in the str...
Airbus delivers first upgraded Tiger helicopter to French armed forces

Airbus delivers first upgraded Tiger helicopter to French armed forces

Business
Jan. 17 (UPI) -- The first delivery of a combat-functional helicopter retrofit for France was announced this week by Airbus Helicopters.The aviation company said the first conversion of a Tiger helicopter from its original HAP version, with combat support capability, to HAD, or multirole combat use, has been delivered to the French military.The French Ministry of Defense has ordered 36 retrofits of its helicopters from HAP to HAD."We are pleased to have achieved this first delivery in accordance with the specifications of our customer," Alexandra Cros, head of governmental affairs France at Airbus Helicopters, said in a press release.The conversion involves more than 100 airframe modifications, and the installation of over 1,500 new parts and 250 electrical cables, the company said.The res...