In a Direct threat to Pakistan, Indian Military gets a lethal dangerous firepower weapon in its Arsenal
ISLAMABAD - In a Direct threat to Pakistan, Indian Military gets a lethal dangerous firepower weapon in its Arsenal.
India and the US on Tuesday finalised defence deals worth USD 3 billion under which India will procure 30 military helicopters--six AH-64 Apache and 24 MH-60 Romeo Helicopters-- from two US defence majors for Indian armed forces.
The announcement on the deals was made by US President Donald Trump after his wide-ranging talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Let us also find out why these helicopters are of importance to the Indian armed forces. The MH-60 Romeo is considered one of the world's finest Multirole Helicopters and the Indian Navy has been waiting for such a helicopter for more than a decade.
It is capable of launching an accurate attack by locating enemy submarines and warships in the sea. Radar, missile and rocket systems can be installed on it and this helicopter also has the capability of night vision.
This helicopter can also help in search and rescue operations in the sea. These can also be deployed on India's aircraft carriers and destroyers.
With the help of the MH-60 Helicopter, India will have the power to compete with China's submarines in the Indian Ocean.
According to the defence deal, the Indian Army will also get Apache combat helicopters. An Apache missile on the battlefield also destroys enemy tanks weighing 70 tons.
This attack helicopter can also target the launch pad of terrorists across the Line of Control. And with the help of Apache, India's airstrikes will be more deadly than before.
With these weapons, India and the US have pledged to strengthen their QUAD alliance against China. After the Doklam dispute in 2017, India resumed the QUAD alliance. QUAD stands for Quadrilateral Security Dialogue and is a strategic alliance of four countries--US, Japan, Australia and India.
The alliance has decided to strengthen security in the Indian Ocean and South China Sea areas. Some islands in the South China Sea area are disputed by China and the strength of the four countries included in the QUAD will counter China's imperialist policies.
Talking about the convergence of interests between the two countries, PM Modi said he and Trump have decided to raise the Indo-US ties to the level of a comprehensive global strategic partnership.
Under a USD 2.6 billion deal, India will buy 24 MH-60 Romeo helicopters from Lockheed Martin for the Indian Navy. Another contract to acquire six AH-64E Apache helicopters for USD 800 million from aerospace giant Boeing has also been sealed.
"We expanded our defence cooperation with agreements for India to purchase more than USD 3 billion of advanced American military equipment, including Apache and MH-60 Romeo helicopters -- the finest in the world," Trump said in his media statement.
"These deals will enhance our joint defence capabilities as our militaries continue to train and operate side-by-side," the US president said, Zee news has reported.