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12 November, 1997
The U.S. Defense Department said on Monday that Greece wanted to buy seven CH-47D military transport helicopters built by Boeing Co. for an estimated $376 million.
The package, if approved by Congress, would also include 28 M-60 machine guns, eight M-2 machine guns, ammunition, three spare engines and other support equipment, the Pentagon said.
It said the transport helicopters "will provide the Greek armed forces with an improved capability to transport personnel and cargo for both military and humanitarian assistance purposes."
But in apparent reference to long military and political tension between NATO allies Greece and Turkey, the Pentagon stressed that the equipment would be provided to Greece "in accordance with and subject to the limitations on use and transfer of the Arms Export Control Act."
The Pentagon also said that Greece was seeking to buy 30 Army tactical missiles and launch equipment for $31 million.
And it announced separately that Turkey was seeking to buy four military "Firefinder" radar sets to help Turkish forces accurately and quickly respond to artillery fire.
All of the sales are considered routine defense items, but the Pentagon said the radar sets would also go to Turkey under limitations of the arms export act.
Source: Athens News Agency