US Approves $70 Mln Direct Attack Munitions Package for Turkey - DOS

© AFP 2023 / OZAN KOSETurkish soldiers stand guar near.
Turkish soldiers stand guar near. - Sputnik International
The US government has authorized the sale of a Joint Direct Attack Munitions (JDAM) package to Turkey worth tens of millions of dollars to boost Ankara’s air power, the US State Department’s Defense Security Cooperation Agency said in a press release.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — This sale comes after Turkey deployed 150 troops to Iraq’s northern Nineveh province on Friday to allegedly give training to Kurdish Peshmerga fighters.

"The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Turkey for Joint Direct Attack Munitions and associated equipment, parts and logistical support for an estimated cost of $70 million," the release stated on Monday.

Turkish army troops sit in the back of a military truck as they return from northern Iraq, in Cukurca in Hakkari province at the Turkey-Iraq border, Friday, Feb. 29, 2008. - Sputnik International
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The sale, the release added, is meant to augment Turkish air power and allow it to contribute to future NATO operations.

The JDAM package comprises of hundreds of munition sets that fit Mk84, penetrator warheads and laser guided bombs, the release noted.

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