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Thursday, January 1, 2009

Rotorcraft Report: Iraq Wants Bell 407s

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Congress has been notified that the Government of Iraq is interested in buying more than two-dozen Bell 407 armed reconnaissance helicopters. The 26 aircraft can carry a two-person crew and five passengers each and, once modified, would carry rockets, machine guns and Hellfire missiles for the Iraqi Air Force.

The U.S. Department of Defense approved the sale, which could mean $366 million for Bell Helicopter.

The proposed sale is part of a $6-billion arms package intended to help bring stability to Iraq. Congress has 30 days to block the sale but had not done so as this writing.

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