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Panetta to seal Apache deal during June 6 visit

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  1. Anees

    Anees Lt. Colonel ELITE MEMBER

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    Panetta to seal Apache deal during June 6 visit

    Exactly a week before Indo-US strategic dialogue in Washington, US defence secretary Leon Panetta is coming to the Capital on June 6 to discuss long term defence cooperation and seal the big ticket $1.4 billion worth sale of 22 Apache Longbow attack helicopters to India.
    Government sources said Panetta will meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, his Indian counterpart AK Antony as well as other senior leaders of the UPA government. Principal deputy assistant secretary of defence Dr Peter Lavoy was in Dehi today and briefed India about the Nato summit in Chicago on Afghanistan.

    Secretary Panetta during his day long visit will share Pentagon's perception of political developments in China, Pakistan and Afghanistan. However, his main focus is going to be post 2014 scenario in Afghanistan after America withdraws from Kabul.

    Both India and US are committed to a long term commitment to Afghanistan in order to have stablility in the regional neighbourhood. Panetta will be flying into India after attending the Shangri La dialogue in Singapore.

    While the defence secretary will discuss long term defence cooperation with India, he will also ensure that the Apache deal is sealed during his visit. Pursued by India for the past two years, the Apache 64D II is possibily the best attack helicopter and has had a proven record in Iraq and Afghanistan operations. As of now, the two sides are trying to close the offsets part of the deal.

    Terrorism is also going to be on the agenda for the bilateral talks with Panetta. A key player of Obama administration and a former CIA chief, he may also share the inside information about the US operation that took out Osama Bin Laden in Abbottabad in Pakistan last May.

    Panetta to seal Apache deal during June 6 visit - Hindustan Times

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  2. Gessler

    Gessler Mod MODERATOR

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    We need the Apaches ASAP.

    Pakistani army's days are numbered:artillery:
     
  3. Nirvana

    Nirvana Major SENIOR MEMBER

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    The proposal includes 50 T700-GE-701D engines, twelve AN/APG-78 FCRs, twelve AN/APR-48A Radar Frequency Interferometers (RFI), 812 AGM-114L-3 Hellfire Longbow missiles, 542 AGM-114R-3 Hellfire II missiles, 245 Stinger Block I-92H missiles and 23 Modernised Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensors.
     
  4. GUNS-N- ROSES

    GUNS-N- ROSES Major SENIOR MEMBER

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    its good to see that avionics, weapons, ancilliary equipment have all been catered in the deal.
     
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    Gessler Mod MODERATOR

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    Yes, and DRDO must really try its hand at reverse engineering those technologies. Especially the Longbow Fire
    Control Radars (FCRs)...we should have an indigenous version of it on our LCH combat choppers:tup:
     
  6. DragonKnight

    DragonKnight Lieutenant SENIOR MEMBER

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    And i just hope this happens to be a preliminary user trial type order
     
  7. Manmohan Yadav

    Manmohan Yadav Brigadier STAR MEMBER

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    Its a good package :fighting2:
     
  8. GUNS-N- ROSES

    GUNS-N- ROSES Major SENIOR MEMBER

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    no way it this package is for one squadron only. the actual requirement of additional helicopters will depend on several factors and not necessarily military.
     
  9. GUNS-N- ROSES

    GUNS-N- ROSES Major SENIOR MEMBER

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    look matey the MNCs are not fools. so while he might sell u the equipment he will ask u not to open certain items. such items are usually "sealed". and require ToT for user to open.

    although not impossible but it might be difficult to reverse engineer. but our knowledge shall surely be enhanced.
     
  10. vstol jockey

    vstol jockey Colonel MILITARY STRATEGIST

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    For Indians it will be re-engineering. We designed these in US, didn't we???
     
  11. mikhail

    mikhail 2nd Lieutant FULL MEMBER

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    sir is the apache design made by an Indian?please throw some light in this matter:yes4:
     
  12. vstol jockey

    vstol jockey Colonel MILITARY STRATEGIST

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    I did not mean that. What I meant was that most of the software for these ac has been written by Indians working in US.
     
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  13. mikhail

    mikhail 2nd Lieutant FULL MEMBER

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    sir actually iwas very surprised and happy also when i saw your post.but yes Indians are contributing a lot to U.S. when it comes to software development(be it for civilian or for military purpose).
    sir i have another question for you.when we are getting our hands on apache chopper why did we order a meagre 22 of them when we could easily bought around 100 instead of LCH and probably got full TOT from U.S.?:sad:
     
  14. smestarz

    smestarz Lt. Colonel Technical Analyst

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    Indian nationals (or people of Indian origin) are contributing a lot to USA but surely they are getting well paid for their initiatives.
    it is not about patriotism, but the love for "Benjamin Franklin"
     
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    smestarz Lt. Colonel Technical Analyst

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    Do we have to sign stuff like CISMOA etc?
     
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