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