India and US finalise new defence deal amid border standoff with China

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India and US finalise new defence deal amid border standoff with China

*New Delhi: *Amid ongoing Sino-India standoff in eastern Ladakh along Line of Actual Control (LAC), the United States has approved India's request to buy USD 90 million worth of equipment, spare parts and logistical support for its fleet of C-130J Super Hercules cargo aircraft.

In its notification to the Congress, the Pentagon said the proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security of the US by helping to strengthen the US-India strategic relationship.

It will improve the security of a major defence partner, which continues to be an important force for political stability, peace, and economic progress in the Indo-Pacific and South Asia region.

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India has sought the items including aircraft consumable spares and repair/return parts; ground support and equipment; Cartridge Actuated Devices/Propellant Actuated Devices (CAD/PAD) fire extinguisher cartridges; flare cartridges; BBU-35/B cartridges etc.