April 18, 2015

US Defence Secy likely to visit India next month to sign $2.5 bn copter deal

US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter is likely to visit India next month when the two sides are expected to ink the nearly $ 2.5 billion deal for 22 Apache and 15 Chinook heavy-lift helicopters. Though the final dates for Carter’s visit have not been announced, defence sources said the visit will take place in May during which the two sides will discuss ways to enhance defence ties, especially in context of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Make-in-India’ initiative.
 The Apache and Chinook helicopters deal is likely to be among the pacts that will be inked during the visit, the sources said. The deal would be presented before the Cabinet Committee on Security for approval soon, they added. — PTI


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