Friday, August 29, 2014

Indian All-Clear For $2.5b Deals For Apaches & Chinooks

PHOTO / AUSTRALIAN DEPT OF DEFENSE
It's effectively all-clear from India for two key deals with Boeing Defense for 22 AH-64D Apache Block III and Block III Longbow attack helicopters and 15 CH-47F Chinook heavy lift transport helicopters for the Indian Air Force. The Defence Acquisition Council, chaired by defence minister Arun Jaitley, approved necessary offsets clearances to allow the deal forward; both deals now have a cursory stop at the apex Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) before they're up for signing. Indications are that the deals could be signed before Prime Minister Narendra Modi visits the U.S. next month or shortly after.

23 comments :

Dark Shadow said...

THE BEST ATTACK HELI OF SUCH CLASS.

Anonymous said...

Didn't need Apache with our own attack helicopter coming along so nicely. Chinook order is too small. Should be at least 48

Anonymous said...

I do not understand y we r spending hard earned foreign exchange on 22 attack helicopters.Isn‘t our Rudra and LCH good enough.The IAF it seems wants to import everything under the sun even if desi equipment is good enough.Anyway 22 apaches hardly make any difference if a war breaks out.High in the Himalayas they will be sitting ducks for chinese Manpads.

Jaidev said...

Hey Shiv,

What is the offset clearance all about? What kind of offsets are being given by Boeing in these two deals?

Thirumal Valavan said...

Whether we are procuring with Transfer of Technology or Simply a defence deal of procurement..??

pandey said...

Wonder why you said "Block III and Block III Longbow"?

Anonymous said...

With US there is no TOT insisted on purchases of defense equipment.

Shiv Aroor said...

@ Pandey:
A certain number of the Apaches will be Longbows :)

Anonymous said...

At least the Indian Army and Airforce know Russian equipment sucks and is turd. I bet the circle jerk at Bharat Ratshit is crying. American equipment is the class of the class. Thankfully the sane people in India know this to be true.

Anonymous said...

The nos involved are too small . for any meaningful offensive and cold start doctrine or offensive defence , 10 times the nos are required . Why does not the modi govt encourage
americans to set up manufacturing facilties in india with indian manpower and materials so that the cheap labour can turn out pieces at third or one fourth the american price . Top mangement designers , production engineers and a few sensitive items can be transferred from american companies . This way american armed forces get units cheap and can also export to other allies .

Rdx said...

Just 22 what are they going to defend. Even Singapore has more apaches

Anonymous said...

It's just start first 22, and second 39 for army and number or Apaches in future because DRDO&HAL work on indian LCH very slow and take another 10 to 15 years. First LCH was fly in 2010. Currently two prototype testing after testing DRDO&HAL fail now they re-design and take two and three years more then they test flying two years more then they testing weapons and take two and three years more and then get IOC then FOC. Finely LCH in assembly line and first they rollout first six next year eight and third years 16. So no choice for IAF and IA go for Apaches. DRDO@HAL sucks

Anonymous said...

It will happen in future when NDA2 allow 100% FDI in defence sector

Anonymous said...

Good work for new govt. last govt UPA and Antony disaster for indian defence sector

Anonymous said...

Upa made mockery of indian defence

Anonymous said...

Once again the Air Force hijacks assets that should have been with the Army!

Anonymous said...

Understand one things who said that they are sitting ducks for chinese manpads? These are the first line of attack against the Paki tanks..Paki tanks never ever dare to stand in aggressive lineup if they know that Indians fielding the Longbows...Secondly in high altitude warefare these machines will never went in alone it will be LCH + Longbow combination..These are tank killers pakis will shit in their pants once these birds came..Its not 22 only .. its 22 + 39(for army).. with more in line if required through FMS.

sandhya said...

Is Apache Block III and Block III Longbow attack helicopters are really useful to Indian Air Force.

Chetan said...

Hi Shiv ,

Russian media is reporting that during the joint Indo Russian airforce exercise (Aviandra-2014)IAF expressed an interest in Russian SAM systems.

http://en.itar-tass.com/russia/747946

Any idea if the IAF is really showing interest in Russian SAMs?

Thanks

Anonymous said...

Might as well included for V-22 Osprey and demanded its ToT, its comparitively new gen tech

sandhya said...

Block III longbow helicopter for the Indian Air Force to attack

Anonymous said...

India's success lies in it's people.. irrespective of what religious belief they follow they have fundamental respect to each other.. Strong India will for sure make this world a better place to live..Love to the world...Jai Hind!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=07FJK0rgYDg

car crazy said...

Contrary to what people say about chinooks and apaches, i feel that we should go for them as tactics and strategy improves as out jawans get more exposure with the new vehicles. This increases their envelop to think and strategies and gets to know the best of the world. Even weapons experience help build better helos of tomorrow, so a win win