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

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The government of U.S. has approved a deal to sell the Indian military six AH-64E Apache attack helicopters for $930 million. The agreement has been passed to the US Congress for approval, the contract is expected to go ahead if no US lawmaker raises an objection. This deal will strengthen India’s ability to defend its homeland and deter regional threats.

In addition to the Apache attack choppers, the contract also includes fire control radars; Hellfire Longbow missiles; stinger Block I-92H missiles; night vision sensors and inertial navigation systems. The lead contractors are US arms, aviations and engineering giants Lockheed Martin, General Electric and Raytheon. The notification to the Congress comes ahead of the 2+2 dialogue between India and the US next month in Washington DC involving the countries Sushma Swaraj, Nirmala Sitharaman, Mike Pompeo and James Mattis.

Since 2008, the Bilateral defence trade between India and the United States has risen from near zero to USD 15 billion. Over the next decade, India is planning to spend billions on military modernization. These sales help the American industry to generate jobs and opportunities in their homeland.

In recent years, the other government-to-government sales between U.S. and India include C-17 transport aircraft, 155 mm Light-Weight Towed Howitzers, UGM-84L Harpoon missiles, Support for C-130J Super Hercules aircraft, and Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) support equipment.

US-India defence and security cooperation continue to undergo a rapid expansion as part of deepening strategic partnership. India is now one of premier security partners to U.S. in the Indo-Pacific region. This will create opportunities for US-India co-production and co-development, foster science and technology cooperation, and remove bureaucratic barriers to trade.

In 2016, India was awarded the status of a US Major Defence Partner, which allows India to receive license-free access to a wide range of military and dual-use technologies that are regulated by the Department of Commerce.  The two countries also agreed to an updated 10-year Defence Framework Agreement in June 2015 to guide and expand their bilateral defence and strategic partnership until 2025.

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

The government of U.S. has approved a deal to sell the Indian military six AH-64E Apache attack helicopters for $930 million. The agreement has been passed to the US Congress for approval, the contract is expected to go ahead if no US lawmaker raises an objection. This deal will strengthen India’s ability to defend its homeland and deter regional threats.

In addition to the Apache attack choppers, the contract also includes fire control radars; Hellfire Longbow missiles; stinger Block I-92H missiles; night vision sensors and inertial navigation systems. The lead contractors are US arms, aviations and engineering giants Lockheed Martin, General Electric and Raytheon. The notification to the Congress comes ahead of the 2+2 dialogue between India and the US next month in Washington DC involving the countries Sushma Swaraj, Nirmala Sitharaman, Mike Pompeo and James Mattis.

Since 2008, the Bilateral defence trade between India and the United States has risen from near zero to USD 15 billion. Over the next decade, India is planning to spend billions on military modernization. These sales help the American industry to generate jobs and opportunities in their homeland.

In recent years, the other government-to-government sales between U.S. and India include C-17 transport aircraft, 155 mm Light-Weight Towed Howitzers, UGM-84L Harpoon missiles, Support for C-130J Super Hercules aircraft, and Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) support equipment.

US-India defence and security cooperation continue to undergo a rapid expansion as part of deepening strategic partnership. India is now one of premier security partners to U.S. in the Indo-Pacific region. This will create opportunities for US-India co-production and co-development, foster science and technology cooperation, and remove bureaucratic barriers to trade.

In 2016, India was awarded the status of a US Major Defence Partner, which allows India to receive license-free access to a wide range of military and dual-use technologies that are regulated by the Department of Commerce.  The two countries also agreed to an updated 10-year Defence Framework Agreement in June 2015 to guide and expand their bilateral defence and strategic partnership until 2025.

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