U.S., India to Finalize $1B Deal for Boeing Apache Helicopters

The U.S. and India will soon finalize a $1 billion deal for the purchase of 22 Boeing attack helicopters, Defense News reported Tuesday.

An Indian Defense Ministry official said the two countries will soon sign the agreement for the Boeing AH-64D Apache helicopters, 812 Hellfire Longbow missiles, 542 Hellfire-II missiles, 245 Stinger missiles and 12 fire-control radars to be delivered to India.

The official also noted the Boeing helicopter beat out the Russian Mi-28N Night Hunter for the deal by outscoring it on more than 20 technical points.

The Apache helicopters feature an advanced armor capability and can fly during all-weather day/night operations, even in desert or mountainous environments.

Boeing’s attack helicopters have an empty weight of 2, 500 kg and are built with a radar warning receiver to identify and intercept airborne and ground-based radio frequency emitters.

India also expects its own light attack helicopter currently being developed through the state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics to be available by 2013–2014.

According to the The Times of India, the U.S. has made $8 billion in defense equipment sales to India over the last few years.

The Times also reported that the large Asian country hopes to add 900 total helicopters to its arsenal over the next decade.

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