The US State Department has approved a possible foreign military sale of Bell 412EPi and 429 Helicopters to the Government of Guyana.

The sale, which includes two Bell 412EPi Light Utility Helicopters and two Bell 429 Light Utility Helicopters and related equipment, is worth an estimated $256m.

The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency has also notified Congress about the sale.

Under the deal, Guyana has requested to provide both the aircraft with customer-unique modifications.

The sale also includes two WESCAM MX-10 cameras, mission equipment, contractor-provided pilot and maintainer training, particular ground support equipment, spares, publications, integrated product support, technical assistance, transportation, repair and return and other associated logistics and programme support elements.

The DSCA said in a statement: “The helicopters’ sale will support the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve security of Guyana, which is expected to grow to be an important force for political stability and economic progress in South America.”

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With the acquisition of the platforms, the South American country will be able to better defend itself against the existing and future threats.

The helicopters will be used to boost the homeland defence, carry out missions such as maritime surveillance, patrol, interdiction and narcotics trafficking, and transnational criminal establishments.

In addition to preventing regional threats, the assets will be used to assist the foreign coalition partners.

Bell Helicopter Textron Incorporated (BHTI) will be the principal contractor of the sale.

Last month, the US State Department informally notified Congress about its support for the proposed sale of F-35A Lighting II joint strike fighter aircraft to the United Arab Emirates (UAE).