India ink deal with Russia over lethal missiles for Mi 35 military helicopters fleet
*New Delhi - **India inks deal with Russia of lethal missiles for Mi 35 military helicopters fleet. *
India has signed a deal to acquire 'Strum Ataka' anti-tank missile from Russia for its fleet of Mi-35 attack choppers.
"The deal for acquiring Strum Ataka anti-tank missiles was signed with Russia under the emergency clauses through which the missiles would be supplied within three months of contract signing," government sources said on Sunday.
The deal for the missiles is worth around Rs 200 crore and would give an added capability to the Mi-35 attack choppers to take out enemy tanks and other armoured elements.
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The Mi-35s are the existing attack choppers of the Indian Air Force and are set to be replaced with the Apache gunships being acquired from the US and slated to be delivered from next month onwards.
India has been trying to acquire the Russian missiles for a long time but the deal has been signed under the emergency provisions after more than a decade.