Tuesday, October 27, 2009

U.S. sells Apache AH-64Ds to India



U.S. is up the ante for India on India’s gambling table in Asia. On Oct. 23, 2009, Boeing announced that Boeing is seeking to sell Apache Longbow and CH-47F Chinook helicopters to India.

Vivek Lall, vice president and India country head for Boeing Integrated Defense Systems said, "Boeing believes the Apache and Chinook helicopters are the most capable and cost-effective rotorcraft to meet India's defense and transport requirements. The Apache will be a capable and lethal defender of India's troops and assets, while the Chinook will answer many of the country's military and humanitarian needs."

India is going to purchase 22 attack helicopters and 15 transport helicopters and has not set a date to announce the acceptance of the winning offers.

The combat proven AH-64D Apache Longbow helicopter is the latest model of Apache attack helicopters, which meet the worldwide military demands for attack and reconnaissance. The apache helicopters have been sold to Egypt, Greece, Israel, Japan, Kuwait, Netherland, Republic of China (Taiwan), Saudi Arabia, Singapore, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom.

The Boeing CH-47F Chinook is a twin-engine, heavy-lift and high-altitude transport helicopter. Its roles include troop movement, artillery emplacement and battlefield resupply, humanitarian, disaster relief, search and rescue, and firefight in a variety of climatic conditions.

With these helicopters, India will be much easier to attack enemies and deploy ground forces on high altitude area around Everest.