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Posted at: Jun 14, 2018, 1:34 AM; last updated: Jun 14, 2018, 10:55 AM (IST)

India to get six Apache US copters for $930 m

AH-64E Apache is a multi-role combat helicopter and is used by the US army and a number of international defence forces
India to get six Apache US copters for $930 m

Washington, June 13

The Trump administration has approved a deal to sell six AH-64E Apache attack helicopters to India for $930 million as well as Hellfire and Stinger missiles to bolster the country’s ability to defend its homeland and deter “regional threats”, the Pentagon said on Wednesday.

The Pentagon’s notification to the Congress comes ahead of the first 2+2 dialogue between India and the US next month in Washington DC involving External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and their American counterparts Mike Pompeo and James Mattis.

Pentagon’s Defence Security Cooperation Agency notified the Congress about the State Department’s decision. The sale is expected to pass through if no lawmaker opposes the notification.

The contract also includes fire control radars, Hellfire Longbow missiles, Stinger Block I-92H missiles, night vision sensors and inertial navigation systems.

In 2016, India was awarded the status of a US major defence partner. — PTI

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