The Indian Army will receive an additional six Apache helicopters from US defense contractor Boeing under a deal announced during the visit of US president Donald Trump to India.
The six aircraft will be in addition to the 22 Apaches ordered by India in 2015. All but five units from the 2015-deal have been delivered to the service. The remaining aircraft are scheduled for delivery this year.
The follow-on Apaches are scheduled to start deliveries in 2023, with fuselages and aerostructures for the aircraft being made in Hyderabad.
What is more, Indian defense officials confirmed last week that the country is buying 24 MH-60R multi-role helicopters for its navy.
Overall, over $3 billion worth of military sale deals were signed during Donald Trump’s visit to India.
“These deals will enhance our joint defence capability as our two militaries continue to train and operate side by side,” Trump said during a joint conference with Indian prime minister Narendra Modi.