WASHINGTON: Arms are ‘ Big Business ‘ especially for US as Trump administration approves $5-billion to allies from March – May #AceNewsDesk reports – @AceNewsServices

#AceNewsReport – May.05: Between March and May, the Trump administration approved nearly $5 billion in arms deals to U.S. allies, according to the Pentagon and State Department.

State Department Greenlights Nearly $5B in Arms Exports // Marcus Weisgerber

Here’s a summary (date approved / value / contractors):

  • 12 MD-530 attack helicopters with machine guns and rockets for Kenya to fight al Shabaab. (May 2 / $253 million / MD Helicopters)
  • 110 anti-radiation missiles for Australia’s new EA-18G Growler electronic attack aircraft. (April 28 / $137.6 million / Orbital ATK and Raytheon)
  • Four P-8 submarine-hunting planes for New Zealand, which is replacing its P-3s. (April 28 / $1.46 billion / Boeing and two dozen subcontractors)
  • Nine Bell 429 helicopters for Slovakia, which will use them for homeland defense. (April 28 / $150 million / Bell Helicopter)
  • Five used CH-47D Chinook helicopters for Greece, which wants to modernize and expand its helicopter fleet. (April 28 / $80 million / None; from U.S. Army fleet)
  • C-17 maintenance and logistics for NATO. (April 28 / $300 million / Boeing)
  • Infrared countermeasures for NATO’s C-17s. (April 28 / $33.5 million / Northrop Grumman)
  • 13 76-millimeter guns for Israel’s missile patrol boats. (April 28 / $440 million / DRS Technologies (Leonardo))
  • C-17 maintenance for Canada. (April 20 / $195 million / Boeing and Lockheed Martin)
  • Two Peshmerga infantry brigades and two support artillery battalions of machine guns, up-armored Humvees and other equipment for Iraq to fight ISIS. (April 19 / $295.6 million / AM General, Oshkosh, Navistar, Harris, and Colt)
  • Pilot and maintenance training, plus logistics support for the Iraqi military. (April 12 / $1.06 billion / Spartan College)
  • Construction and upgrades at Kuwait’s Al Mubarak. (April 6 / $319 million / U.S. Army Corps of Engineers)
  • 1,000 Hellfire missiles for the U.K. for the campaign against ISIS. (March 16 / $150 million / Transfer from U.S. military stockpiles)
  • 2,000 XM395 Accelerated Precision Mortar Initiative rounds for Singapore to modernize its forces. (March 14 / $66 million / Orbital ATK)

In Trump’s first days as president, State announced seven arms deal worth $2 billion. Those were deals largely approved by the Obama administration, but announced after Trump moved into the White House on Jan. 20.

In all, the previous administration approved some $323 billion in arms exports over eight years. After three months, Trump’s team is on track to hit less than half that amount

That includes prospective, not final, sales to allies from March to May

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