US, India to sign arms deal worth Rs 10,700 crore

March 17th, 2009 - 5:54 pm ICT by ANI  

Washington, Mar 17 (ANI): India and US will ink arms deal worth Rs 10,700 crore as the United State has cleared the sale of eight Boeing Co P-8I maritime patrol aircraft.

The State Department told the US Congress that the clearance for the 2.1 billion dollar deal was given after factoring in ”political, military, economic, human rights and arms control considerations”.

The Indian Navy was the first international customer for the P-8I , a long-range maritime reconnaissance and anti-submarine warfare aircraft. India chose it over several rivals, including EADS Airbus A319.

According to the deal, Boeing will supply the first aircraft in 48 months and continue to provide support equipment, requisite training and logistical support till June 2019, said the State Department.

According to Boeing, P-8I can work on land or water while performing anti-submarine warfare; search and rescue; maritime interdiction and long-range intelligence, surveillance and target acquisition.

The delivery of the first P-8I will take place in 48 months of sealing the deal and rest seven aircraft will be delivered by 2015.

Reportedly, the P-8I is alike to the P-8A Poseidon, which is being developed for the US Navy.

This is the largest arms sale by the US till now. In January 2008, the previous biggest arms deal was signed between the two countries. India gave green signal for the purchase of six C-130J Super Hercules transport aircraft, at an estimated cost of Rs 4,000 crore. (ANI)

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