The U.S. State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale (FMS) to India of items in support of a proposed direct commercial sale of six AH-64E Apache helicopters for an estimated cost of $930 million.
The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on June 12, 2018.
The Government of India has requested to buy the following items in support of a proposed direct commercial sale of six AH-64E Apache helicopters: fourteen T700-GE-701D engines; four AN/APG-78 Fire Control Radars; four Radar Electronic Units (REU) Block III; four AN/APR-48B Modernized Radar Frequency Interferometers (M-RFI’s); one hundred eighty AGM-114L-3 Hellfire Longbow missiles; ninety AGM-114R-3 Hellfire II missiles; two hundred Stinger Block I-92H missiles; seven Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensors (MTADS-PNVS); and fourteen Embedded GPS Inertial Navigation Systems (EGI).
Also included are rockets, training and dummy missiles, 30mm cannons and ammunition, transponders, simulators, communication equipment, spare and repair parts, tools and test equipment, support equipment, repair and return support, personnel training and training equipment, publications and technical documentation, U.S. Government and contractor engineering and logistics support services, and other related elements of logistic and program support. The total estimated program cost is $930 million.
According to the statement from DSCA, this proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to strengthen the U.S.-Indian strategic relationship and to improve the security of an important partner which continues to be an important force for political stability, peace, and economic progress in South Asia.
The proposed sale is in conjunction with and in support of a proposed direct commercial sale of six AH-64E Apache helicopters, and will strengthen India’s ability to defend its homeland and deter regional threats. This support for the AH-64E will provide an increase in India’s defensive capability to counter ground-armored threats and modernize its armed forces.
The prime contractors will be Lockheed Martin Corporation, Orlando, FL; General Electric Company, Cincinnati, OH; Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Sensors, Owego, NY; Longbow Limited Liability Corporation, Orlando, FL; and Raytheon Company, Tucson, AZ.