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US approves equipment and weapons for Indian Apache procurement

13 June 2018
The US government has approved the sale of equipment and weapons to support six AH-64E Apache helicopters that India is procuring for its army. The country has previously ordered 22 such helicopters for the air force. Source: US Army

The US government has approved the sale of systems, weapons, and support equipment for India’s Boeing AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopter procurement programme.

The State Department’s approval of the USD930 million sale for items in support of six additional Apache helicopters was announced by the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) on 12 June.

The six Apaches for the Indian Army are in addition to 22 such helicopters ordered in 2015 for the country’s air force. While the helicopters are being procured through a Direct Commercial Sale (DCS), the approved items are being sourced via a Foreign Military Sale (FMS).

As noted by the DSCA, the items comprise 14 T700-GE-701D engines; four AN/APG-78 fire control radars; four radar electronic units (REU) Block III; four AN/APR-48B modernised radar frequency interferometers (M-RFI’s); seven Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensors (MTADS-PNVS); 14 embedded GPS inertial navigation systems (EGI); transponders; simulators; communication equipment; spare and repair parts; tools and test equipment; and other support equipment.

Approved weapons comprise 30 mm cannons and ammunition; 180 AGM-114L-3 Hellfire Longbow missiles; 90 AGM-114R-3 Hellfire II missiles; 200 Stinger Block I-92H missiles; rockets; as well as training and dummy missiles.

Repair and return support, personnel training and training equipment, publications and technical documentation, US Government and contractor engineering and logistics support services, and other related elements of logistic and programme support are also included.

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