The US Department of State sanctioned the sale of 200 Hellfire missiles to France, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency have revealed.

France requested the military equipment for its Tiger attack helicopter and will use it against insurgents in Mali and North Africa, the DSCA said, in a statement.

“This proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States by improving the capability of a NATO ally. The proposed sale of this equipment and support will not alter the basic military balance in the region.” said the notice.

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