India has offered to significantly increase an order for AH-64 attack helicopters, Indian officials said, as U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel began a visit to New Delhi on Thursday aimed at boosting defence and strategic ties.
The Apache gunships and a deal for Chinook helicopters, will top the agenda in Hagel's talks on Friday with the new administration.
India has offered a follow-on order of 39 AH-64D Apache helicopters in addition to the 22 now being negotiated. The sides have been wrangling over the price of the gunships, however.
India was the top foreign buyer of U.S. arms last year. reuters