Saturday, June 26, 2010

Mi 28 ‘Havoc’ & AH-64D Apache Longbow in Race for IAF Attack Helicopters Deal

The US and Russia will face off for the deal to supply the Indian Air Force crucial attack choppers after two major competitors from Europe pulled out citing technical reasons. The mainstay attack helicopters of the two countries will arrive in India within two months and will be put through several rounds of gruelling tests.

What has left many surprised is that Eurocopter’s Tiger and Agusta’s A129 Mangusta have pulled out of the estimated $600 million contest and will not be coming for the field trials.The surprise exit of the two European choppers — considered to be highly competitive — will give an advantage to Boeing’s AH-64D Apache Longbow, which will compete with the Russian Mi 28 attack chopper.“We hope to begin trials within the next 60 days.Russia is offering its latest-generation Mi 28 ‘Havoc’ helicopter, that was inducted by its armed forces in 2006.

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AH64D will probably have an upper hand; in comparison it's just a much matured and battle-PROVEN heavy weight gunship.

mi 28 havoc best choice as usa arms are sanctions prone

Justifiably skeptical.

However, a lot has happened (alliance, investment) since the end of Cold War. India nowadays is considered a major strategic partner.

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