In yet another sign that the military ties between the two countries are becoming stronger, the U.S. State Department has approved a possible foreign military sale of six Apache helicopters and other equipment to India.
The proposed deal, according to a State Department release, is worth US$930 million deal. Apart from the six helicopters, it would include 14 T700-GE-701D engines, four AN/APR-48B modernized radar frequency interferometers, four AN/APG-78 fire control radars, four radar electronic units Block III, 90 AGM-114R-3 Hellfire II missiles, 200 Stinger Block I-92H missiles, 180 AGM-114L-3 Hellfire Longbow missiles, seven modernized target acquisition designation sight/pilot night vision sensors and fourteen embedded GPS intertial navigation systems. The deal would also include rockets, training and dummy missiles, 30mm cannons and ammunition.
“The proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to strengthen the U.S.-Indian strategic relationship and improve the security of an important partner which continues to be an important force for political stability, peace, and economic progress in South Asia,” the State Department said. The deal would support India’s defense infrastructure and improve the country’s ability to prevent regional threats, it added.
The deal would involve work by companies such as Lockheed Martin Corporation, General Electric, Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Sensors, Longbow and Raytheon.