Having warned India against entering into a multi-billion dollar defense deal with Russia to avoid sanctions under Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA), the US has now granted sale of Apache attack choppers to India.
Indian military wants to purchase six AH-64E Apache attack helicopters for $930 million. The agreement regarding this has been passed on to the US Congress for approval. If none of the senators raises an objection, the contract is expected to go ahead. This approval concerns a direct sale of finished products from US manufacturers.
Boeing and Indian partner Tata have begun to produce Apache fuselages at a plant in India.
Reports say that in addition to the chopper, the contract includes night vision sensors, GPS guidance and hundreds of Hellfire anti-armor and Stinger air-to-air missiles.
The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency has stated that support for the AH-64E will provide an increase in India’s defensive capability to counter ground-armored threats and modernize its armed forces. A statement also claimed that the proposed sale of this equipment and support will not alter the basic military balance in the region.