Weapons for NATO: Weapons sale to NATO countries approved by US State Department

16:36 Aug. 12, 2016

Weapons sale to NATO countries approved by US State Department

Czech Republic's soldiers from the 43rd airborne battalion take part in the NATO drill "The Noble Jump" at the airport in Pardubice, Czech Republic, Thursday, April 9, 2015.  (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

North Atlantic Alliance will act as a lead buyer further distributing arms to its members

The US State Department has approved the sale of a wide range of precision guided munitions, equipment, and support to the NATO Support and Procurement Agency, according to the Pentagon's Defense Security Cooperation Agency statement.

That is the first agreement, where NATO acts as a lead buyer for its member-states. The weapons supply, USD 231 million worth, will be distributed to Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Greece, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal and Spain.

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"The proposed sale improves NATO's members' capability to meet current and future ground threats with precision. They will use the enhanced capacity as a deterrent to regional threats, and to increase interoperability within contingency operations", the statement reads.

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According to the statement, the proposed supply of that equipment and support will not alter the basic military balance in the region.

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