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US offers 245 Stinger missiles to India

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The US is offering 245 Stinger missiles to India as part of a weapons package for the Apache attack choppers being acquired by the Air Force.

“245 air-to-air Stinger missiles and 56 launchers are included in the weapons package for the Apache helicopters,” officials of Raytheon, which manufactures the missiles, said.

“The Stinger compliments the advanced performance of the Apache by providing the IAF with the critical air-to-air defence capability,” they said.

India has selected the American Apache helicopter for its requirement of 22 attack helicopters, which will have both air-to-ground and air-to-air roles in the service.

“Yes, Apache is final now,” IAF Chief Air Chief Marshal N A K Browne had recently told a press conference when asked if the service was procuring the American choppers. The two sides are at present negotiating the contract.

The American helicopter edged out the Russian Mi-28 in the race for the IAF contract.

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