Boeing expects to sign contracts with India for the CH-47F Chinook transport and AH-64E Apache attack helicopter before the end of the year, a company official said on 11 February.
Speaking at the Singapore Airshow, Leanne Caret, Vice President and General Manager Vertical-Lift, said that she anticipates the signing of the contract for 15 Chinooks to take place in the first half of 2014, with the contract for 22 Apaches to follow in the second half.
"We are in the final signature routing right now," she said, "and are targeting 2014 to close both of these deals." Caret noted that Boeing has been able to hold its price points for both platforms, despite having submitted its Chinook and Apache proposals as far back as 2009 and 2010 respectively.
Caret's comments come weeks after senior Indian military officials told IHS Jane's that it is unlikely that contracts for any of the country's major military programmes will be signed before the general election scheduled for May.
In addition to the Chinook and Apache tenders, the Indian Ministry of Defence is also waiting to sign off 126 Dassault Rafale fighter aircraft; six Airbus DS A330-200 Multirole Tanker Transport aircraft; 145 BAE Systems M777 howitzers; 66,000 assault rifles; 44,618 carbines; 33.6 million rounds of ammunition; tank rounds; very-short-range man-portable defence systems (VSHORADS); 16 naval multirole helicopters; eight mine-countermeasure vessels; and Project 75I submarines for the navy. Other programmes awaiting governmental approval include whether to licence build 106 additional Pilatus PC-7 Mk II basic trainer aircraft and plans to acquire 197 light utility helicopters for the army and air force.