U.S to provide cobra helicopter spare parts to Pakistan

09:11, March 18, 2010      

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Pakistan has procured 13 AH-1F Cobras from the United States for use as spare parts for its helicopter fleet, the U.S. embassy in Islamabad said Wednesday.

The helicopters will be shipped from a U.S. facility in Alabama later this year, an embassy spokesman said.

The 13 aircraft are part of a larger 2007 transaction under which Pakistan also procured and refurbished 12 AH-1F Cobras for its fleet, the embassy said in a statement.

During the last three years, U.S. civilian and security assistance to Pakistan has totaled more than 340 billion Pakistani rupees (about 4 billion U.S. dollars).

The U.S. has funded and provided training for more than 370 Pakistani military officers in a wide range of leadership and development programs covering topics such as counter-terrorism, intelligence, logistics, medical, flight safety, and military law, the statement said.

"Assistance provided and delivered has included support for medical aid, school refurbishment, bridge and well reconstruction, food distribution, agricultural and education projects," it said.

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