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Double standards? US to sell $952 million worth attack helicopters to Pakistan

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By Newsgram Staff Writer

Even after criticizing Pakistan’s nuclear power, US government has gone forward in strengthening its military arsenal by selling it $952 million worth of attack helicopters, air-to-surface missiles.

The deal will include 15 AH-1Z Viper Attack Helicopters and 1000 AGM-114R Hellfire II Missiles, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency said. The package also includes 32 T-700 GE 401C Engines (30 installed and 2 spares), 36 H-1 Technical Refresh Mission computers, 32 Helmet Mounted Display/Optimized Top Owl, 17 AN/AAR-47 Missile Warning Systems and system integration and testing.

“This proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve the security of a country vital to US foreign policy and national security goals in South Asia,” the announcement said.

“By acquiring this capability, Pakistan will enhance its ability to conduct operations in North Waziristan Agency (NWA), the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), and other remote and mountainous areas in all-weather, day-and-night environments,” DSCA said.

The principal contractors will be The Boeing Company in Huntsville, Alabama; Lockheed Martin in Bethesda, Maryland; Bell Helicopter, Textron in Fort Worth, Texas and General Electric in Lynn, Massachusetts.

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Amazon Severs Relationships with Several Delivery Contractors in US

Amazon ends ties with several delivery contractors in US

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Amazon is severing relationships with several small delivery contractors across the US apparently due to "safety" concerns. PIxabay

Hundreds of people in the US face job losses as Amazon is severing relationships with several small delivery contractors across the US apparently due to “safety” concerns, the media reported.

While Amazon delivery partner Bear Down Logistics was cutting 400 jobs, Seattle-based Delivery Force was laying off 272 workers, according to the reports.

According to a report in GeekWire, Amazon said these firms were found short of meeting the safety or performance requirements.

In a bid to help entrepreneurs start delivery businesses, Amazon launched an initiative called Delivery Service Partners in 2018. Although they operate independently, the DSPs receive support and training from the e-commerce giant.

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Amazon said these USfirms were found short of meeting the safety or performance requirements. Pixabay

“Prior to launching the DSP programme to empower entrepreneurs to build their businesses with Amazon, we contracted with a number of small logistics companies,” Amazon was quoted as saying in a statement.

“Some of these companies have not met our bar for safety, performance or working conditions, and we’re in the process of exiting them from the programme. We are planning for there to be zero or very little net job loss in these communities because nearly all impacted employees of these companies will have an opportunity to move into other delivery driver roles with Amazon partners,” the statement added.

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Amazon is now delivering 50 per cent of packages itself, according to recent Morgan Stanley estimates reported by CNBC.

Global courier company FedEx last year decided not to renew its air shipping contract with Amazon. (IANS)