US approves sale of Apache attack choppers to India


Washington: The Trump administration has approved a deal to sell six AH-64E Apache attack helicopters to India for USD 930 million, the Pentagon said today, underlining that this will strengthen India’s ability to defend its homeland and deter regional threats.

Pentagon’s Defence Security Cooperation Agency notified the Congress about the State department’s decision in this regard.

The sale is expected to pass through if no lawmaker opposes this.

In addition to the attack helicopters, the contract also includes fire control radars; Hellfire Longbow missiles; stinger Block I-92H missiles; night vision sensors and inertial navigation systems.

In its notification to the Congress, the Pentagon said, “This will strengthen India’s ability to defend its homeland and deter regional threats.”

“This support for the AH-64E will provide an increase in India’s defensive capability to counter ground-armored threats and modernise its armed forces. India will have no difficulty absorbing the helicopters and support equipment into its armed forces,” the Pentagon said.

“The proposed sale of this equipment and support will not alter the basic military balance in the region,” it said.

Bilateral defence trade between India and the United States has risen from near zero to USD 15 billion since 2008.

India is projected to spend billions on military modernisation over the next decade. These sales support our security cooperation while also generating jobs at home,” a State Department official told.(Agencies)