Washington: The US government endorsed the deal to give six AH-64E Apache attack helicopters to India for $930 million.
The Apache attack helicopter agreement will be discussed in the US Congress for approval. However, it would further go ahead if no objection would be raise on it from the US lawmakers.
Indian partner Tata and Boeing started the production of Apache fuselages in India. However, the current deal concerns the direct sale of Apache attack helicopter from the US companies. Raytheon, General Electric, Lockheed Martin, and US Arms are the leading contractors. In addition to Apache attack helicopters, Stinger air-to-air missiles, hundreds of Hellfire anti-armor, GPS guidance, and night vision sensors will be also provided to India.
US Defense Security Cooperation Agency revealed that AH-64E will enhance the Indian defensive abilities to effectively deal with the security threats. They further added that India will face no issue in the inclusion of these helicopters and equipment into its armed force. They also said that the proposed deal will not affect the military balance in the region.