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t1The State Department on Thursday approved a $70 million sale of defense equipment to Turkey, according to the Pentagon.

The sale of guidance kits – technically called Joint Direct Attack Munition, or JDAM – converts unguided bombs into all-weather “smart” munitions and uses a GPS system to find targets if bombs are unguided.

“Turkey is a partner of the United States in ensuring peace and stability in the region. It is vital to the U.S. national interest to assist our NATO ally in developing and maintaining a strong and ready self-defense capability. This proposed sale is consistent with those objectives,” the Pentagon said in a statement.