Army to get six Apache helicopters

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Mains Paper 2: IR | Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests

From UPSC perspective, the following things are important:

Prelims level: Country of Origin of helicopters, DAC.

Mains level: Good example of rising Indo-US defense ties.


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Approval from Defence Ministry

  1. Defence Ministry has approved the purchase of six AH-64 Apache attack helicopters from the U.S. , for Indian Army
  2. The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) has cleared total capital acquisitions worth about Rs. 4,700 crore

Original Deal

  1. This deal is of $3 bn, India has contracted 22 Apache attack helicopters and 15 Chinook heavy-lift helicopters through the Foreign Military Sales programme
Defence Sector – DPP, Missions, Schemes, Security Forces, etc.
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