WASHINGTON (Bloomberg)—Turkey will purchase three Super Cobra military helicopters from the U.S. in a deal worth $111 million, the Star newspaper reported.
The attack helicopters manufactured by Helicopter Textron Inc. will be used to combat the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, starting as soon as June, according to the Istanbul-based newspaper.
The U.S. Congress approved the sale amid pressure from Armenian and pro-Israel lobbies to block arms sales to Turkey following an earlier decision to station unmanned Predator aircraft at an American base in Incirlik, in the country’s south, the Star said.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan asked U.S. President Barack Obama during a Sept. 20 meeting in New York to use Predators and share intelligence to track the PKK. Turkey, the U.S. and the European Union list the PKK as a terrorist organization.