Pentagon aims to speed arms sales to allies to better compete with China: WSJ

Black Hawk helicopters are seen during a US military demonstration drill in July 2022. PHOTO: AFP

NEW YORK - The Pentagon has launched a comprehensive push to accelerate sales of US arms to foreign allies, to better compete with China and replenish arsenals of friendly nations that have given military gear to Ukraine, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday.

The Pentagon last month created a task force to examine longstanding inefficiencies in US sales of billions of dollars of weaponry to foreign countries, according to the newspaper.

The "tiger team" will look at ways for the Defence Department to streamline parts of the programme, the WSJ said, citing a senior defence official.

The aim of the task force is to make coveted American drones, guns, helicopters, tanks and other weaponry available to partners and allies faster, according to WSJ.

The Pentagon did not immediately return a request for comment. REUTERS

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