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IAF to Acquire 22 Apache Ah-64d Attack Helicopters From Boeing
The Indian Air Force (IAF) has decided to acquire 22 Apache AH-64D multirole combat helicopters from the US aerospace major Boeing. The financial bids were opened last week and the deal for the 22 Apache attack helos is to the tune of $ 1.4 billion. According to Defence Ministry officials, Boeing is the only bidder for the attacks helicopters since Russia had withdrawn its Mi-28N Night Hunter. The IAF deal for 22 Apache Ah-64 D combat helicopters will include both direct commercial sale (DCS) and foreign military sales (FMS) components besides offsets, sources said.
US Wants to Knock Down Bureaucratic Barriers In Defence Ties With India
US Deputy Secretary of Defence Dr Ashton B Carter has made it clear that Obama administration considers India a key part of its strategy to re-balance its strategic focus to Asia and that it wants to remove barriers and impediments that may come in the way, even as he pitched for India hiking its foreign direct investment (FDI) limit in Defence sector apart from tweaking its offsets policy to make economic and strategic sense. Our partnership with India is a key part of our re-balance to the Asia-Pacific region, and, we believe, to the broader security and prosperity of the 21st century.
US, Russian-Origin Tanks To Fight It Out In Indian Exercise
For the first time, American and Russian-origin tanks will take on each other on Indian soil as the US and Indian troops get ready to hold the Exercise Yudh Abhyas in the Mahajan field firing ranges in Rajasthan next month. The Indian side will field its Russian-origin T-72 and BMP Infantry Combat vehicles whereas the Americans will come with their M1Abram tanks and Stryker ICVs for the wargames, Army officials said to defencenow.com. During the exercise, the Americans are also going to display the ICV firing capabilities of the Javelin anti-tank guided missiles.
India to Go For Six More C-130 J Super Hercules as U.S Prepares For another Foreign Military Sale
The Indian Air Force (IAF) has revealed the intention to go for six more C-130 J Super Hercules aircraft from the U.S besides the six already ordered. While India has already expressed the desire for this additional acquisition to U.S, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) of U.S has recently notified U.S. Congress for a possible foreign military sale (FMS) to India. According to sources, India is keen on acquiring the six additional C-130 J.
Boeing Bags $ 469 Million Contract for Maintenance and Upgrades of C-17 Globemaster for India
While the Indian government has already approved the acquisition of ten C-17 Globemaster strategic airlift aircraft in June this year from US, the contract for aircraft maintenance and upgrades between Indian Air Force (IAF) and Boeing has been pegged at $ 469 million. According to sources, the modified contract was put into effect due to a foreign military sales (FMS) requirement for Boeing's C-17 Globemaster III airlifters.
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