US donates game-changing high-performance military helicopters worth millions to Zambia


The United States has donated four state-of-the-art Bell 412EP helicopters to Zambia to boost its capabilities in peacekeeping, disaster response and humanitarian assistance.

Worth approximately $80 million (1.6 billion Kwacha), the helicopters are advanced aircraft that can perform vital missions. Along with the aircraft, the U.S. is providing three years of training to Zambian personnel so they can fully utilize the new equipment.

The donation was announced by General Michael Langley, commander of U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM). He explained that the helicopters will allow Zambia to more effectively contribute to United Nations peacekeeping missions across Africa. Peacekeeping plays an important role in reducing violence and establishing stability in many conflict-affected areas on the continent. However, peace operations often face challenges like lack of airlift capacity. The new helicopters should help address such challenges by transporting peacekeepers and supplies more quickly.

General Langley noted the helicopters can also respond to natural disasters or help mitigate the effects of climate change in Zambia and neighbouring countries. Climate change is exacerbating problems in many African nations by fuelling more extreme weather and agricultural difficulties. The ability to rapidly assess damage and deliver aid after disasters could save lives.

Zambia Army boss Lieutenant General Sitali Alibuzwi expressed gratitude for the donation and training. He acknowledged Zambia has partnerships with various countries to strengthen cooperation on shared goals. International collaboration is vital for addressing issues that transcend borders, like terrorism, pandemics and climate change. It helps pool resources and fosters cultural understanding between allies.

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