Union government approved two major defense deals between the US and India just hours before Narendra Singh Modi left for the US on Tuesday.The deals, worth over $3 billion for buying two of the world’s most advanced helicopters, have been in discussion for several years.As per reports from the sources,the Cabinet Committee on Security cleared the purchase of 22 Apache attack helicopters and 15 Chinook heavy-lift helicopters from Boeing.The deals will ensure that the U.S. remains among the top military suppliers for the Indian armed forces for the coming years.It will also help in further advancing the nascent efforts by the Indian private sector to create an aerospace industrial base in India.
There is a commercial deal that would be signed between Boeing and Indian side regarding Chinook heavy-lift helicopter with tandem rotor. The contract would include a clause for follow-on orders for four more Chinooks and 11 more Apaches, officials said.According to the estimation, US has signed over $10 billion worth defense deals with India in the past decade. These include P-8I maritime surveillance planes, C-130J Super Hercules and C-17 Globemaster-III transport aircraft.
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