India clears $650 mn Boeing army chopper deal

AH-64 Apache combat helicopter
A AH-64 Apache combat helicopter passes the setting sun before he lands in a secured area in the south of the city of Najaf in central Iraq, March 23, 2003.

India approved a $650 million purchase of six attack choppers Thursday from US aviation giant Boeing, officials said, as it boosts its military might amid border tensions with China and Pakistan.

The Defense Acquisition Council (DAC), which approves big-ticket purchases, gave the green light to acquire six additional Apache helicopters after 22 were bought as part of a $2.5 billion deal in 2015.

Two defense ministry sources told AFP on the condition of anonymity that the deal was approved exclusively for the army, without providing…

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