Indian M0D’s defense acquisition council is expected to approve purchase of Apache attack and Chinook heavy-lift choppers worth $2.5 billion once they meet in Delhi on July 19, according to media reports.
Defense ministry sources on Monday said the $1.4 billion approximate deal for 22 AH-64D Apache Longbow gunships, armed with Hellfire and Stinger missiles, and the $1.1 billion one for 15 CH-47F Chinooks, equipped with powerful contra-rotating tandem rotors, are "almost ready" now, the Times of India reported.
"These two deals for IAF will be placed for approval before the first defense acquisitions council (DAC) meeting to be chaired by Arun Jaitley on July 19. Thereafter, the cases will be moved for the cabinet committee on security's final nod," Times Of India said without citing sources.
Apart from the 22 Apaches, the project involves the acquisition of 812 AGM-114L-3 Hellfire Longbow missiles, 542 AGM-114R-3 Hellfire-II missiles, 245 Stinger Block I-92H missiles and 12 AN/APG-78 fire-control radars, among other things.
Boeing’s Apache will be replacing Russian Mi-25/35 helicopters. Russia lost to US in both the helicopter deals.
India is already importing from the US in defense contracts over $10 billion for aircrafts like the Boeing P-8I, C-17 Globemaster-III and the Lockheed MartinC-130J in the past decade.