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U.S. approves $1 billion Boeing CH-47 Chinook sale to Netherlands

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The U.S. State Department has approved the sale of 17 Boeing CH-47F Chinook cargo helicopters to the Netherlands, a deal that would be worth around $1.05 billion, the U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) said.

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The U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency, which controls foreign arms sales, notified U.S. lawmakers about the possible sale on March 19 and lawmakers have 15 days to block the sale if they find any objection.

DSCA said the new helicopters would eventually replacing existing CH-47 helicopters operated by the Netherlands.

DSCA said the proposed sale would improve the Netherlands' ability to carry out a variety of missions, including troop movements, medical evacuations, search and rescue and disaster relief. The new helicopters would also help the country strengthen its homeland defense, deter regional threats, and support to coalition operations.

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