Trump pitches for US to become India's premier defence partner, a day before $3 billion copter deals
NEW DELHI: The US has strongly pitched for becoming India’s “premier defence partner” by providing it with the most advanced weapon systems like armed drones that are “feared” across the globe, ahead of the inking of two more military helicopter deals worth $3 billion on Tuesday, which will take the total value of Indian arms deals bagged by Washington since 2007 over the $20 billion mark.
“I’m pleased to announce that tomorrow, our representatives will sign defence deals worth over $3 billion to sell the absolute, finest state-of-the-art military helicopters and other equipment to the Indian armed forces,” President Donald Trump said at the ‘Namaste Trump’ event in Ahmedabad on Monday.
TOI was the first to report that the two deals to acquire 24 MH-60 ‘Romeo’ naval multi-mission helicopters for Rs 15,157 crore ($2.12 billion) and six additional AH-64E Apache attack choppers for Rs 5,691 crore ($796 million) from the US had been cleared by the Cabinet Committee on Security led by PM Narendra Modi.
The first six MH-60R helicopters, equipped with multi-mode radars and night-vision capabilities as well as Hellfire missiles, MK-54 torpedoes and precision-kill rockets for potent anti-submarine warfare, will be delivered in a year. The rest 18 will come in the next four years to plug the critical operational deficiency of such choppers on board Indian warships when Chinese submarines are regularly prowling in the Indian Ocean Region.
The six Apaches, armed with Stinger air-to-air missiles, Hellfire Longbow air-to-ground missiles, guns and rockets, in turn, will be delivered in three-and-a-half years. These six Apaches are meant for the Army, and will follow 22 such helicopters already inducted by IAF under a Rs 13,952 crore deal inked with the US in September 2015.
“I believe the US should be India’s premier defence partner and that is the way it is working out. Together, we will defend our sovereignty, security and protect a free and open Indo-Pacific region for our children and for many, many generations to come,” Trump said.
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Bhavesh Shah • 1 day ago
Do not forget our old friend Russia. Russia is always with India in all war situation since long years
ankur wadhwa• 1 day ago
Very rightly said
rk• 1 day ago
Who said anyonne is being forgotten. Idiot. And now its USA thats with india. Russia is burdened by sanctions. U piggglet. !
Bhartiya Sach • 1 day ago
Donald Trump is coming to boost his economy, not ours
Archana • 1 day ago
BJP want to sell this country. They are bad as corono virus.
Tirandaz Mugaseth • 1 day ago
Not a single country backed India except Russia. Russia has given us the technology for space rockets ,like the cryogenic engines, given us the blueprints for nuclear submarines. Blancket support for HAL.Indians should always stand with Russia.We won the wars because of Russian support. Hope Modi remembers this. Russia has stood by India so one should not forget Russia is not just our friend. Its part of our family.
Deepak Cm • 1 day ago
Rubbish. In 1965, when India was ready to purchase Fighter Jets from US, but US gave it to pakistan for free. Americans are opportunist. Dont trust them.
Later • 1 day ago
This is what Trump came for - to sell is weapons !
Mudi • Gujriot • 1 day ago
Make in India converted to make in USA
Umesh Kumar • 1 day ago
America can never be good friend . They used others for their own interest.
Abhishek Oza • Mumbai • 1 day ago
Means he wants to sell more and replace france....ganda hai par dhandha hai ye.
Jyotirmoy Mukhopadhyay • visakhapatnam • 1 day ago
he more this man sell defence item , the more secure is his chances for the next election.
Abhay Naik• 1 day ago
remember Russia is always there... America cannot be trusted....but Russia is and always will be India's most trusted friend...
Mangesh • 1 day ago
his visit for business only
Shasti Brata • 1 day ago
This will not go down well with Russia who has stood by us at all times! Remember, the loyalty of America will change depending on who is the President there, but Russian support is enduring and time tested! We can have a lasting business relationship with America, and as long as there is money, the Americans will be with us! Russia and Israel, on the other hand, are loyal allies who stood by us when the whole world was against us.
Mohandas • 1 day ago
US is the weapon manufacturing country, thier economy is dependent on sales of arms and ammunition across the globe, this is business trip of trump.
Arabian Ranches• 1 day ago
Hardly , many nations beg for approval even to buy these weapons and systems . Certainly does not need to do any sales pitch
Krishnaswamy • Delhi
Has started the salesman job for which he actually came for...India will buy from wherever its strategic interests are best met !
Do not forget our old friend Russia. Russia is always with I ..
Simon Roger • earth • 1 day ago
US must shift its defence equipment manufacturing base to India and employ indians for it - that could be a good start
Bhishma • 1 day ago
Trump go back we don't want weapons and war.
Murthy • 1 day ago
Big NO unless US gives products of cutting edge technologies and willing to transfer current technology for Make in India.
Saugat • New Delhi • 1 day ago
the US baniya fools the Gujju tea seller .The nation rejoices .Such an idiot race
Hk • 1 day ago
Our hard earned money being wasted.
Tirandaz Mugaseth • 1 day ago
during the cold war times the usa strongly backed Pakistan. European countries also backed Pakistan. Middle eastern countries strongly backed Pakistan.Not a single country supported India.