外文标题：India must seal $2 billion US chopper deals soon to avoid price hike
NEW DELHI: India will have to fast-track the long-pending approvals for 22 Apache attack and 15 Chinook heavy-lift helicopters if it does not want a major cost escalation in the two deals currently worth around $2.5 billion.
US aviation major Boeing on Friday obliquely warned of a price hike if India did not close the two deals for its two iconic helicopters soon. "We are awaiting the Indian government's decision. We have extended the validity of our commercial bids when asked (in the past). But there is a point beyond which we cannot (hold the price line) due to inflationary pressures," Boeing India chief Pratyush Kumar said.
As was first reported by TOI, the AH-64 Apache gunships and the CH-47F Chinooks had outclassed their Russian rivals, Mi-28 Havocs and Mi-26s, in extensive field trials held by IAF since the entire competition began around five years ago.
Government should learn for speedy implementation once decision has been taken.Rafale deal is also pending for more than four years now.
With our great Dhruv choppers going down frequently we must procure pronto.
Dinesh Gupta (goa)
This is the world's best helicopter duo and we must grab it soon.The price going up is not the only factor.The defence scenario is darkening by the day as the world is getting ready for a major war in Yemen,ISIS held territories in Syria and Iraq and in Ukraine-the cease fire notwithstanding.
US is bluffing. Just tell US $1.5 billion is acceptable for India, or we will buy from other countries.
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Dinesh Gupta (goa) replies to indian
Which other countries?
Kumar Pradeep (Ranchi, Jharkhand)
one of the finest war machines these two
Umesh Rai (Noida)
Get it before price hikes. And after that try to get Ka-52 Alligator contract from Russia.
Virendra Pratap Singh (Republic of India)
Are these the only helicopters available in the world? Why is our defence ministry getting blackmailed by a company
India should go for used one not new bcoz new may cost more.