Delivery of 37 military helicopters done by the US
The United States-based multinational Aerospace Company- Boeing had completed the delivery of all 37 Military Helicopter in the month of June 2020 that were ordered by the Defence Ministry for the Indian Armed Forces in 2015.
This was informed by Boeing through a news release statement on their website on 10th July 2020.
Out of the 37 Military Helicopter:
- 22 were AH-64E Apache Helicopter (American twin-turboshaft attack helicopter) and
- 15 were CH-47F(I) Chinook heavy-lift Helicopter.
The last five of the 22 Apache Helicopters were delivered in June 2020 to the Indian Air Force at the Air Force Station in Hindan while the delivery Chinook Helicopters was completed in the month of March 2020.
On 22nd September 2015, the Union Cabinet Committee on Security had approved the procurement of the 37 Military Helicopters from Boeing. A week later on 29th September 2015, the contract for the purchase of the 37 Military Helicopters was signed. The contract has a follow on orders clause as per which apart from the 22 Apache and 15 Chinook, India can place an order for 11 more AH-64E Apache Helicopter and 7 additional CH-47F(I) Chinook Military Helicopters.
New Helicopters Deal Signed in February 2020 During the visit of the United States President to India in February 2020, a combine USD 3 billion deal has been signed for the purchase of 24 MH-60 Romeo Seahawk Helicopter(built by Lockheed Martin’s subsidiary company-Sikorsky Aircraft) for the Indian Navy at USD 2.6 billion and another 6 AH-64E Apache Military Helicopters.
Source: Indian express