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Cabinet clears $2.5-billion deal for Boeing military choppers

The approval for 22 Apache attack and 15 heavy lift Chinook helicopters, meant to replace the military's ageing Soviet-origin choppers, came just as PM Narendra Modi heads to the US to drum up investments into India.

Nigam Prusty   New Delhi     Last Updated: September 22, 2015  | 16:59 IST
Cabinet clears $2.5-billion deal for Boeing military choppers
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The Cabinet on Tuesday cleared the purchase of Boeing's Apache and Chinook helicopters in a deal worth around $2.5 billion, two government sources said, in a further boost to defence ties with the United States.

The approval for 22 Apache attack and 15 heavy lift Chinook helicopters, meant to replace the military's ageing Soviet-origin choppers, came just as Prime Minister Narendra Modi heads to the United States to drum up investments into India.

"Both have been cleared, the total cost is $2.5 billion," a defence ministry source told Reuters.

(Reuters)

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