US approves possible sale of Abrams MBT, MQ-9B, Chinook to Australia

The United States government, through its State Department, has approved a number of military equipment for possible sale to Australia.

US Department of Defense Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) said the Australian government has requested to buy one hundred sixty (160) M1A1 Tank structures/hulls; up to 12 Weapons-Ready MQ-9B, Remotely Piloted Aircraft; and 4 CH-47F cargo helicopters with customer-unique modifications.

The US DSCA said the proposed sales “will support the foreign policy and national security objectives of the United States.  Australia is one of our most important allies in the Western Pacific.”

“The strategic location of this political and economic power contributes significantly to ensuring peace and economic stability in the region.  It is vital to the U.S. national interest to assist our ally in developing and maintaining a strong and ready self-defense capability,” it added.