The US government has confirmed details of Boeing's bid for a $600 million attack helicopter contract in India with the AH-64D Block III Apache.
A notice issued by the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) on 27 December estimates that a direct commercial sale of 22 AH-64Ds, plus weapons, sensors, spares and training would cost about $1.4 billion.
The DSCA also says the possible sale to the Indian air force would include 50 General Electric T700-701D engines, over 1,350 Lockheed Martin AGM-114 Hellfire missiles, 245 Raytheon Stinger missiles, 12 Lockheed/Northrop Grumman APG-78 fire control radars and 23 Lockheed modernised target acquisition designation sight/pilot night vision sensors.
The Indian air force has requested bids from "several foreign suppliers", the DSCA says, although only Russia's Mil Mi-28 is publicly acknowledged.
The competition has restarted after a one-year hiatus. Bell Helicopter previously withdrew a bid based on the AH-1Z Super Cobra. Boeing also withdrew from the competition late in 2009 because of India's insistence on bypassing the US Foreign Military Sales process.
The DSCA says the US government has now approved a direct commercial sale of the AH-64D Block III to India.
If Boeing wins the contract, the AH-64D fleet would strengthen India's "homeland defence and deter regional threats", the DSCA says, adding the Apache will not alter the region's military balance.
Source: Flight International