India is moving ahead with plans to buy 22 AH-64E Apache helicopters and 15 CH-47 Chinooks at a total cost of 2.5 bilion USD, it emerged on Tuesday 22 September. The deal means good business for Boeing, plus the end for a number of heavylift Mi-26 Halo and Mi-35 Hind attack helicopters in Indian service.
In New Delhi, the Indian cabinet committee on security gave the go ahead for the deal on Tuesday. Deliveries should start some time in 2018 or 2019. A follow on order for an additional 11 more Apaches and four extra Chinooks likely is on the cards.
The Boeing-deal has been in the works for a number of years, and marks the biggest Indian defense order in the last two years. Meanwhile, India is still working in a light attack chopper on its own under the Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) program.
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