Published On: Thu, Aug 17th, 2017

Six Apache attack helicopters cleared for Army

New Delhi: The Defence Acquisition Council on Thursday cleared a proposal to buy six Apache attack helicopters for the Indian Army at a cost of around Rs 4,168 crore.

Army had earlier sought the government’s approval for acquisition of 11 Apache helicopters

The AH-64E Apache helicopters will come with associated equipment including spares, training and ammunition.

The Army had earlier sought the government’s approval for acquisition of 11 Apache helicopters from the US as “a follow-on contract” to the Rs 13,952 crore deal inked for 22 such choppers for the IAF in September 2015.

The Arun Jaitley-led defence acquisitions council (DAC) on Thursday cleared the Army’s whittled down proposal for the six AH-64E Apache helicopters, which are manufactured by Boeing.

The DAC also cleared a proposal to buy two sets of gas turbines from Ukraine for two Grigorovich class ships being built in Russia for India.

The gas turbines will be bought by India from Ukraine due to the ongoing tension between the two nations — Russia and Ukraine. Their cost is Rs 490 crore.

While two of these frigates are lying half-constructed at the Russian Yantar Shipyard due to a cash-crunch and bilateral problems between Russia and Ukraine, the other two will be built in the Goa Shipyard in India. India will now acquire the Zorya gas-turbine engines from Ukraine and then ship them to Russia for the first two frigates.

 

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