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India Considers Buying More Boeing Apaches

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  1. SpArK

    SpArK SorCeroR Staff Member ADMINISTRATOR

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    India Considers Buying More Boeing Apaches


    Jul. 24, 2013

    NEW DELHI — Boeing could snare yet another big order from India as the Indian Army has asked the Defence Ministry to acquire an unspecified number of AH-64D Apache attack helicopters, according to an MoD source.

    Last year, the Indian Air Force purchased 22 Apaches for US $1.3 billion. Beyond the Indian Army request, a third order of helicopters could be in the offing for India’s planned Mountain Corps.

    Boeing executives in New Delhi were unavailable for comment.

    US companies have already won contracts worth more than $8 billion over the past four years, and most of the weapons and equipment supplied to India have come through the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) route. India has bought 10 Boeing C-17 aircraft, 12 Boeing P-8I maritime surveillance aircraft and six Lockheed Martin C-130J transport planes.

    The Indian Army wants its Apaches to be exclusive to the service and not associated with the Air Force’s 22 helicopters.

    The MoD source added that, instead of inviting fresh bids, the MoD is considering a repeat order, which he said could be finalized by the end of the year. The size of the order is not known.



    Meanwhile, an Indian Army official said the newly sanctioned Mountain Corps of roughly 30,000 troops, which could be deployed along the China border, would also be equipped with yet another purchase of attack helicopters.

    The Cabinet Committee on Security, the highest decision-making body on weapon purchases and security, approved the additional troops this month.

    The attack helicopters for the Mountain Corps would be in addition to the order being considered by the MoD for the Army. The Indian Army, however, must still decide when and how to procure the additional unspecified numbers of attack helicopters for the Mountain Corps, which is expected to be in operation in about 10 years, the Indian Army official said.

    India has, meanwhile, developed an indigenous light combat helicopter. Hindustan Aeronautics Limited will build 60 Rudra helicopters for the Army and Air Force.

    The Rudra is powered by a new Shakti engine, jointly developed by Hindustan Aeronautics and French engine manufacturer Turbomeca. The new engine will allow the Rudra to fly above 20,000 feet.


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    layman Aurignacian STAR MEMBER

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  3. Megatroll

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    Indian airforce is idiot. They are supposed to safeguard the country but what they do is consume the country of its precious resources.
    Cant they adjust with whatever the indigenous industry provides. By buying equipments they are weakening our economy and strenghtening others.
    Just look at china in mere 20 years time they have established a world class aviation industry. They did this bcoz their air forces were willing to accept whatever their industry provides.
    Iaf complains about tejas isnt good or trainers by hal are pathetic compared to so called 'foreign or world class' standards yet during war times no foreign equipment is going to save our nation only domestic industry can.
    Due iaf's childish demands our own industry is struggling.
    Cant they be happy with limited apaches if its concerned with technologic experience.
    If own industry has to succed we dont need to buy equipments coz they will threaten it.
     
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    layman Aurignacian STAR MEMBER

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    Did the power of thinking escape from you brains. It is not IAF's fault, it is GoI's fault for not encouraging R&D in defense sector.
    If IAF has to depend on what GoI provides through these indigenous production lines, we would not fare any better than Pak's, may be even lot worse.
     
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    the problems for indigenous production lines :

    MOD expects that Pvt. parties will put up all the facility for production/assembly of aircraft at their cost i.e. airport with at least 1.5 km runway + complete factory + security + etc etc. tata or reliance or mahindra have stated that all this will cost at least 15,000 crores.(read that on net,i think it was at FICCI conference).further more MOD is not going to guaranty yearly production.

    well such a facility can hand over 50 air-crafts per year ,every year. so just to recover interest + investment ,the cost is more than IAF/MOD are ready to pay, just forget the running expenses.
     
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    well the truth is that iaf is scared and a bit greedy now that navy has got its supersonic aircraft squadron and army getting its preferences in attack choppers . it thinks its role will bee diminished. , which is absolutly bs.
     
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