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SINGAPORE: Apache ‘last man standing’ in India helicopter competition

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  1. Nirvana

    Nirvana Major SENIOR MEMBER

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    SINGAPORE: Apache

    Boeing has confirmed that the AH-64D is the last contender in an Indian air force competition for 22 attack helicopters and a deal to sell 36 AH-6I light attack helicopters to Saudi Arabia has been finalised.

    Mark Kronenberg, Boeing's vice-president for international development, said the Apache is the "last man standing" in India and Boeing is the sole bidder for the contract. Boeing is in final negotiations with India's ministry of defence, and hopes for a final decision by the end of the second quarter.

    Late last year, Indian and Russian media reported that the other contender in the competition, Russia's Mil Mi-28, had been eliminated. The reports indicated that the Mi-28 failed to meet several of the Indian air force's technical requirements.

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    Kronenberg was speaking to defence journalists at a media roundtable held on the sidelines of the Singapore Airshow.

    He added that a long-awaited deal to sell 36 AH-6I light attack helicopters to Saudi Arabia has also been officially closed, making the Middle Eastern nation the launch customer for the type.

    Boeing sees considerable opportunities for the AH-6I in Southeast Asia, with a number of countries having expressed interest. He singled out the Philippines as a particularly strong candidate for the AH-6I.

    Kronenberg added that Boeing sees strong opportunities in the international maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) market. He acknowledged that some countries may not need the full capabilities embodied in the 737-based P-8 Poseidon, but that Boeing is looking at ways to either scale back the P-8's capabilities for such customers, or integrate limited P-8 capabilities onto smaller platforms.
     
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  2. Himanshu Pandey

    Himanshu Pandey Don't get mad, get even. STAR MEMBER

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    why Saudies are buying more helis then us.
     
  3. Jungibaaz

    Jungibaaz Lt. Colonel ELITE MEMBER

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    Budget Surplus!
    and Iran threat, so the US has no problem with it... and the protest from the Israelis is ignored because of the $$ that come with the sales.
     
  4. Himanshu Pandey

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    but we have to cover more area then saudis and we have more threats... and money is not the issue.

    Issue is how we define how many helicopters we need.
     
  5. arulcharles

    arulcharles Lieutenant FULL MEMBER

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    I never thought that Alligator loss in this battle
     
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  6. Jungibaaz

    Jungibaaz Lt. Colonel ELITE MEMBER

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    If I'm not mistaken you also posses Russian helis and some of your own indigenous.
     
  7. Himanshu Pandey

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    LCH is under Development and Russians are near to retirement that why this purchase of 22 Apache is in process.
     
  8. Nirvana

    Nirvana Major SENIOR MEMBER

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    We will buy more than Saudis , 22 - is just Initial order
     
  9. Nirvana

    Nirvana Major SENIOR MEMBER

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    This are Heavy Attack Chopper's meant to replace Mi-24

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    hope we get soon
     
  11. Sancho

    Sancho Lt. Colonel IDF NewBie

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    That's the payment that the unlce is protecting them, just like the F15 procurement and not to forget that they simply don't know with their money.
    We have Mi 24/35s that will be replaced by Apaches, we currently induct Rudras and will get LCH in future, so the numbers will increase too.
     
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