Sale of six Apaches to India approved
June 14, 2018 By Helicopters Staff
The U.S. State Department made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to India of items in support of a proposed direct commercial sale of six AH-64E Apache helicopters for an estimated cost of US$930 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification.
The Government of India has requested to buy the following items in support of a proposed direct commercial sale of six AH-64E Apache helicopters: 14 T700-GE-701D engines; four AN/APG-78 Fire Control Radars; four Radar Electronic Units (REU) Block III; four AN/APR-48B Modernized Radar Frequency Interferometers (M-RFI’s); 180 AGM-114L-3 Hellfire Longbow missiles; 90 AGM-114R-3 Hellfire II missiles; 200 Stinger Block I-92H missiles; seven Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensors (MTADS-PNVS); and 14 Embedded GPS Inertial Navigation Systems (EGI).
Also included in the approval are rockets, training and dummy missiles, 30mm cannons and ammunition, transponders, simulators, communication equipment, spare and repair parts, tools and test equipment, support equipment, repair and return support, personnel training and training equipment, publications and technical documentation, U.S. Government and contractor engineering and logistics support services, and other related elements of logistic and program support. The total estimated program cost is US$930 million.
The Defense Security Cooperation Agency stated this proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to strengthen the U.S.-Indian strategic relationship and to improve the security of an important partner which continues to be an important force for political stability, peace, and economic progress in South Asia.
The proposed sale will provide an increase in India’s defensive capability to counter ground-armoured threats and modernize its armed forces. The proposed sale of this equipment and support, according to the Defense Security Cooperation Agency, will not alter the basic military balance in the region.
The prime contractors will be Lockheed Martin Corporation, Orlando, FL; General Electric Company, Cincinnati, OH; Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Sensors, Owego, NY; Longbow Limited Liability Corporation, Orlando, FL; and Raytheon Company, Tucson, AZ.