US approves sale of 6 more Apache attack choppers to India
⏩ India Seeks Support for Direct Commercial Sale of Six Apache AH-64E Longbow Helicopters
⏩US approves $930 million sale to India of additional 6 Apache AH-64E helicopters
⏩India already has ordered 22 Apaches
WASHINGTON, Jun. 12, 2018 – The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to India of items in support of a proposed direct commercial sale of six (6) AH-64E Apache helicopters for an estimated cost of $930 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today.
India has already ordered 28 Apaches – 22 for Air Force and 6 for Army. The country progressively wants to order at least 39 Apaches for Army.
The Government of India has now requested to buy the following items in support of a proposed direct commercial sale of six (6) AH-64E Apache helicopters:
- Fourteen (14) T700-GE-701D engines
- four (4) AN/APG-78 Fire Control Radars
- four (4) Radar Electronic Units (REU) Block III
- four (4) AN/APR-48B Modernized Radar Frequency Interferometers (M-RFI’s)
- one hundred eighty (180) AGM-114L-3 Hellfire Longbow missiles
- ninety (90) AGM-114R-3 Hellfire II missiles
- two hundred (200) Stinger Block I-92H missiles
- Seven (7) Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensors (MTADS-PNVS)
- fourteen (14) Embedded GPS Inertial Navigation Systems (EGI).
Also included are rockets, training and dummy missiles, 30mm cannons and ammunition, transponders, simulators, communication equipment, spare and repair parts, tools and test equipment, support equipment, repair and return support, personnel training and training equipment, publications and technical documentation, U.S. Government and contractor engineering and logistics support services, and other related elements of logistics and program support. The total estimated program cost is $930 million.
This proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to strengthen the U.S.-Indian strategic relationship and to improve the security of an important partner which continues to be an important force for political stability, peace, and economic progress in South Asia.
The proposed sale is in conjunction with and in support of a proposed direct commercial sale of six (6) AH-64E Apache helicopters and will strengthen India’s ability to defend its homeland and deter regional threats. This support for the AH-64E will provide an increase in India’s defensive capability to counter ground-armored threats and modernize its armed forces. India will have no difficulty absorbing the helicopters and support equipment into its armed forces.
The proposed sale of this equipment and support will not alter the basic military balance in the region.
The prime contractors will be Lockheed Martin Corporation, Orlando, FL; General Electric Company, Cincinnati, OH; Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Sensors, Owego, NY; Longbow Limited Liability Corporation, Orlando, FL; and Raytheon Company, Tucson, AZ. There are no known offset agreements proposed in connection with this potential sale.
Implementation of this proposed sale will require U.S. Government or contractor representatives to travel to India for a period of one week at a time to conduct a detailed discussion of the various aspects of the hybrid program with Government of India representatives. Additional travel will be required for equipment de-processing/fielding, system checkout and new equipment training and Contractor Furnished Service Representatives (CFSR) for a period of thirty months.
There will be no adverse impact on U.S. defense readiness as a result of this proposed sale.
This notice of a potential sale is required by law and does not mean the sale has been concluded.