Good2Golf said:It’s why we declined the U.S. Army offer of all the excess AH-1s in Germany that the US needed to divest to comply with SALT II in the early-80s.
It wasn't SALT II, that was CFE. The SALT talks were only ever about missiles. The Conventional Forces in Europe treaty limited NATO to only ever having 2,000 attack helicopters in Europe -- 1550 American, 450 non-American, so there was an incentive for the US to encourage other NATO partners to develop their own attack helicopter capabilities. Canada, as you noted, declined. Surplus AH-1 instead went to Turkey, and the UK, Netherlands and Greece bought new AH-64.