T he US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) notified the US Congress, last week, of its approval for the possible Foreign Military Sale (FMS) of radars, weapons and engines in the event of a possible Direct Commercial Sale of 22 AH-64D Block III Apache helicopters to India.
The Indian Air Force (IAF) is looking for 22 attack helicopters through a tender, where Boeing’s Apache is up against the Russian Mi-28, and in the event the former is selected, some components of the aircraft will have to be purchased through an FMS.
“This notification is being made in advance so that, in the event that the Boeing- US Army proposal is selected, the United States might move as quickly as possible to implement the sale,” says the the statement issued by the US DSCA.
According to the statement, the FMS components to be supplied along with the direct commercial sale of 22 AH-64D Block III Apache helicopters would include ’50 T700-GE-701D engines, 12 AN/APG-78 Fire Control Radars, 12 AN/APR-48A Radar Frequency Interferometers, 812 AGM-114L-3 Hellfire Longbow missiles, 542 AGM-114R-3 Hellfire II missiles, 245 Stinger Block I-92H missiles, and 23 Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensors’.
Other components and services would include ‘rockets, training and dummy missiles, 30mm ammunition, transponders, simulators, global positioning system/inertial navigation systems, 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 logistics support’.
The US DSCA says the complete package is worth approximately $1.4 billion.