Army Presses For Attack Choppers As China Flexes Muscles

As the standoff between India and China entered into seventh week with official Chinese media threatening of an eminent war, the case for purchase of 11 Apache attack helicopters for the Indian army has gathered fresh momentum.

Ever since India signed a $ 3-Billion deal with the U.S. in 2015 under foreign military route, the Army has been pressing its case for 11 Apches which can be easily acquired through follow on purchase clause.

A proposal in this regard was expected to come in the last DAC meeting on July 31 , which was deferred at the last moment. The next DAC meet is likely to take up the issue, sources in the south block told Defenceaviatinpost.

The Army has projected a demand for 22 attack helicopters with rest of numbers to be met with indigenous LCHs.

The Army has already placed an order for 114 indigenously developed Light Combat Helicopters (LCH). It has also raised a unit of Rudra helicopters which is weaponised variant of the Advance Light Helicopter ALH.

The delivery of Apache helicopters will commence from July, 2019 and will be completed by March, 2020. These Helicopters will join the attack fleet of the IAF

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