The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified Congress of a possible foreign military sale (FMS) of items in support of a proposed direct commercial sale of AH-64E Apache attack helicopters to India.

With an estimated cost of $930m, the potential deal involves the acquisition of six AH-64E aircraft, 14 T700-GE-701D engines, four AN/APG-78 fire control radars, four radar electronic units (REU) Block III and four AN/APR-48B modernised radar frequency interferometers (M-RFIs).

In addition, the possible sale covers the delivery of 180 AGM-114L-3 Hellfire Longbow missiles, 90 AGM-114R-3 Hellfire II missiles, 200 Stinger Block I-92H missiles, seven modernised target acquisition designation sight/pilot night vision sensors (MTADS-PNVS) and 14 embedded GPS inertial navigation systems (EGI).

"The deal would bolster the US-Indian strategic relationship and will help support the US foreign policy and national security objectives."

Approved by the US State Department, India also proposes to buy rockets, training and dummy missiles, 30mm cannons and ammunition, transponders, simulators, communication equipment, spare and repair parts, and tools and test equipment.

The US Government engineering and logistics support services, and other related elements of logistics and programme support will be included in the possible FMS.

The deal would bolster the US-Indian strategic relationship and will help support the US foreign policy and national security objectives.

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The six new AH-64E Apache attack helicopters will help support India in defending its homeland and deterring regional threats, in addition to improving the country’s defensive capability to address ground-armoured threats and modernise its armed forces.

Lockheed Martin, Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Sensors, General Electric Company, Longbow Limited Liability and Raytheon will serve as the principal contractors for the potential deal.