Tamil Diplomat

India buy Boeing helicopters

The news comes ahead of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the US later this week.

India will buy 22 Apache attack helicopters and 15 Chinooks to replace ageing Soviet-era aircraft.

The purchase strengthens the status of the US as one of India’s top military suppliers.

The Indian Air Force picked the Apache and Chinook helicopters over Russian competitors in 2012, but budget constraints had held back the deal until now.