SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG
The Indian Army is set to receive the initial batch of six AH-64E Apache attack helicopters by February 2024. The delivery of the remaining helicopters is expected to be completed within three months thereafter. In February 2020, India signed a deal for six more Apaches for the Army, costing approximately $800 million. The Indian Army intends to purchase over five additional Apache attack helicopters later in the year.
idrw.org has been told, the contract for the five additional follow-up orders may be taken up soon, with plans for the contract to be finalized by the end of the year. The Cabinet Committee has already given its approval for the procurement of 39 AH-64 Apache attack helicopters from the United States, with 22 already in service with the Indian Air Force.
The American price validity extensions will allow the Indian Army to acquire up to five more Apache attack helicopters at the previously agreed-upon price. Any further procurement beyond this will necessitate renegotiation, which may include adjustments for inflation.
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