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India offers to buy more Apache helicopters, hopes to drive down costs

Discussion in 'Indian Air Force' started by tusharm, Aug 7, 2014.

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  1. HMS Astute

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    A huge country like India needs to have at least 300x units of this type.
     
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    Actually 179 LCH is on order + 76 HAL Rudar on order (with 20+ already delivered)
    so 179+76 = 255 Combat choppers on order/delivery (made in India)

    + 61 Ah 64 D/E (if deal goes through)

    total combat choppers = 179+76+61 = 316

    There are also mi 35 = 20+ units
    and Mi17v5 = 139 (new once armed with Antitank Invar & rocket pods)

    also 189 old Mi17's but i am not sure how many of them are for light combat roles.

    Finally total combat choppers = 316 + 139 + 20 = 495 (Not counting the old unites of Mi17 ,cheetah/chetak combat capable )

    I think that is a very good number of combat choppers once they arrive in IAF/Army inventory.
     
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    any news on apache AH_64E...????

    only on commercial terms :

    1 apache AH_64 E @ 35.5 million (wiki) so 61 will cost 2.2 billions+ infra +spares++++++ = say 3 billions
    1 Mi 28N @ 16 million (wiki) so 61 will cost 0.976 billions + infra +spares++++++ = say 1.4 billions a net saving of 1.6 billions.

    in short Mi28N is 45% (cost wise) of apache AH_64E

    138 Mi 28 N vs 61 Apache AH_64E
    can buy more that 2x Mi 28 N in place of Apache AH_64E & we already have very good know how of the Mi series. well will of course have "made in India" option.
     
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