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US Approves $930 Million Deal To Sell 6 Apache Attack Choppers To India

| June 13 , 2018 , 10:23 IST

The US government has approved a deal worth $930 million to sell the Indian military 6 AH-64E Apache attack helicopters, the US State Department said on Tuesday. The deal has been passed to the US Congress for further approval, but is expected to go ahead if no US lawmaker raises any objection.

Although Boeing and Tata have already begun to produce Apache fuselages at a plant in India, the $930 million deal will provide India with a direct sale of completed Apache choppers built by US manufacturers.

The leading contractors are US arms, aviations and engineering giants Lockheed Martin, General Electric, and Raytheon.

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Apart from the 6 Apache attack helicopters, the contract also includes night vision sensors, GPS guidance and hundreds of Hellfire anti-armor and Stinger air-to-air missiles.

“This support for the AH-64E will provide an increase in India’s defensive capability to counter ground-armored threats and modernize its armed forces,” the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency said, in a statement.

“India will have no difficulty absorbing the helicopters and support equipment into its armed forces. The proposed sale of this equipment and support will not alter the basic military balance in the region,” the statement continued.

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In September 2015, India's Ministry of Defence had initially ordered 22 AH-64E Apache helicopters for the Indian Air Force, for which deliveries are set to begin in 2019. Later in August 2017, India's Defence Acquisition Council approved the purchase of 6 more aircrafts.

India is also in the middle of a purchase deal for armed drones from US, which was temporarily brought into question over India's acquisition of S-400 missile defence systems from Russia.

View the statement from the US State Department below: