India offers to buy more US attack helicopters, hopes to drive down costs

August 8, 2014 5:19 AM

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India offers to buy more US attack helicopters, hopes to drive down costs

NEW DELHI: India has offered to significantly increase an order for US attack helicopters, Indian officials said, as US 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 India's new administration led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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