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US approves sale of Apache attack choppers to India

AFP  |  Washington 

The government has approved a deal to sell the six AH-64E attack helicopters for USD 930 million, the State Department said today.

The agreement has been passed to the US Congress for approval, but if no US lawmaker raises an objection the contract is expected to go ahead.

and Indian partner have begun to produce fuselages at a plant in India, but today's approval concerns a direct sale of finished products from US manufacturers.

The lead contractors are US arms, aviations and engineering giants Lockheed Martin, and

In addition to aircraft, the contract includes night vision sensors, guidance and hundreds of Hellfire anti-armour and air-to-air missiles.

"This support for the AH-64E will provide an increase in India's defencive capability to counter ground-armoured threats and modernise its armed forces," the said, in a statement.

"will have no difficulty absorbing the helicopters and support equipment into its armed forces. The proposed sale of this equipment and support will not alter the basic military balance in the region.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Wed, June 13 2018. 02:35 IST
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