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Contracts for purchase of Apache and Chinook Helicopters signed, confirms Defence Ministry

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New York: The Defence Ministry on Monday confirmed the signing of contract for the purchase of 22 Apache attack helicopters and 15 Chinook heavy-lift helicopters from Boeing here.

“Contracts for purchase of 15 #Chinook and 22 #Apache Helicopters signed,” Ministry of Defence official spokesperson Sitanshu Kar tweeted.

The Union Cabinet on Tuesday cleared a 2.5 billion dollar deal for the purchase of 22 Apache attack helicopters and 15 Chinook heavy-lift choppers.

The decision was taken by the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) after a Cabinet meeting here.

The new 22 Apache attack and 15 heavy lift Chinook helicopters are meant to replace the military’s ageing Soviet-origin choppers.

The deal is the first big military contract for the United States since Prime Minister Narendra Modi assumed office in May 2014.

ANI