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Defence deals worth over Rs 20,000 crores, intelligence sharing on counter-terrorist activities and steps to
strengthen military ties are expected to be discussed during US defence secretary Chuck Hagels three-day
visit starting on Thursday.
During the visit, Mr Hagel is scheduled to hold meetings with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, defence
minister Arun J aitley, external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj and national security adviser Ajit Doval,
defence ministry officials said.
The American defence secretary is expected to hold discussions with the top Indian political and military
leadership on the military ties between the two countries including the defence hardware partnership, they
said.
The issue of intelligence sharing and discussions on deals for procuring 22 Apache attack helicopters, 15
Chinook heavy-lift choppers along with four P-8I anti-submarine warfare aircraft is expected to come up for
discussion in the meetings.
The deals are in the final stages and India is in final stages of procuring these equipment, which is expected
to be worth around Rs 20,000 crore.
Talks will be held between DRDO chief Avinash Chander and Amerian under secretary for defence
acquisition Frank Kendall on jointly developing defence hardware such as missiles.
The issue of under-negotiation Ultra Light Howitzer and J avelin anti-tank guided missile is also expected to
figure in the discussions between the two countries. The proposed Rs 3,600 crore deal for 145 ULH for
Indian Army is not progressing as the acquisition is stuck over the issue of price and non-compliance of
offsets proposal by the American equipment manufacturer.
The two sides are also expected to hold discussions on further expanding military-to-military exercises
between the two sides. India and the US hold regular exercises under the naval Malabar, Special Forces
Shatrujeet and Air Forces Cope India series of war-games at regular intervals.
The sale of military hardware by the US to India in a major way started in 2003 with the procurement of
ANTPQ-37 weapon locating radars for the Army and has continued with the sale of 12 C-130J Super
Hercules transport aircraft, C-17 transport aircraft, Harpoon anti-ship missiles and P-8I aircraft.
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