India offers to buy more U.S. helicopters, hopes to drive down costs

August 8, 2014 7:38 AM

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India offers to buy more U.S. helicopters, hopes to drive down costs

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India has offered to significantly increase an order for U.S. 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, both built by Boeing, will top the agenda in Hagel's talks on Friday with the new administration led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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