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$3 Billion Defence Deal with US
Sep 30, 2015

India today signed a nearly $3 billion deal for purchase of 22 Apache attack helicopters and 15 Chinook heavy-lift choppers with American aviation giant Boeing and the US government.

Key Points

  • A part of the Apache deal was signed with Boeing for the helicopter and the other with the US government, under Foreign Military Sales route, for its weapons, radars and electronic warfare suites.

  • The first helicopter is likely to be handed over to India in the next three to four years.

  • The contract has a clause to place follow-on orders for 11 more Apaches and seven extra Chinooks.

  • The helicopter deal has survived over 10 price validity extensions from the American side with the last one being for a month as desired by India.

  • While the Chinook helicopter deal is a direct one with the US firm, the one for Apache is a hybrid.

  • The contract, which will have a 30 per cent offset clause, will bring in business worth about USD 1 billion for the Indian defence industry.

  • Offset policy was first introduced as part of the Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP), 2005, under which a foreign company has to invest back a portion of the deal into India.

  • The 22 Apache AH 64D Longbow helicopters are one of the most advanced multi-role combat helicopters, featuring all-weather and night-fighting features, ability to track upto 128 targets in less than a minute and engage with 16, besides stealth characteristics, advanced sensors and beyond visual range missiles.

  • India will also be acquiring Hellfire missiles and rockets.

American companies have over the last decade bagged defence contracts from India worth around $10 billion, including for aircraft like P-8I maritime surveillance planes, C-130J 'Super Hercules' and C-17 Globemaster-III in the transport category. 


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