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U.S. OKs potential sale of Chinook helicopters to Egypt, Pentagon says

WASHINGTON, May 26 (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department has approved the potential sale of CH-47F Chinook helicopters and related equipment to Egypt for an estimated cost of $2.6 billion, the Pentagon said on Thursday.

Egypt had requested to buy 23 CH-47F Chinook helicopters, the Pentagon said, adding that the principal contractor will be Boeing Helicopter Co.

(Reporting by Katharine Jackson; Editing by Eric Beech)