New Delhi: The US government has approved a deal to sell the Indian military six AH-64E Apache attack helicopters for 930 million dollars, State Department said last night.
The agreement has been passed to the US Congress for approval and if no US lawmaker raises an objection, the contract will go ahead.
Boeing and Indian partner Tata have begun to produce Apache fuselages at a plant in India, but last night’s approval concerns a direct sale of finished products from the US manufacturers.
In addition to aircraft, the contract includes night vision sensors, GPS guidance and hundreds of Hellfire anti-armour and Stinger air-to-air missiles.
Boeing, TATA to jointly manufacture Apache helicopters
According to a news release from Defense Security Cooperation Agency, the sale of the attack helicopters would help in strengthening US-Indian strategic relationship and to ‘improve the security of an important partner which continues to be an important force for political stability, peace, and economic progress in South Asia.’
Experts feel the attack helicopters could enable Indian armed forces to tackle ground-armoured threats.
The Apache is manufactured by Boeing – a company that is now in partnership with TATA to manufacture the helicopters in India.