India to Buy 245 US Stinger Air-to-Air Missiles

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    India will purchase some 245 U.S.-made Stinger air-to-air missiles along with launchers and engineering support for its burgeoning fleet of light attack and attack helicopters, according to a press release by the U.S. defense contractor and missile maker Raytheon.


    Raytheon notes that an agreement for the purchase of the weapon system has been signed this week by India’s Ministry of Defense and the U.S. Department of Defense. The procurement of the Stinger air-to-air missile is part of a $3.1 billion deal with the United States that includes combat helicopters, weapons, radars and electronic warfare suites.

    http://thediplomat.com/2016/04/india-to-buy-245-us-stinger-air-to-air-missiles/
     
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    Looks like the US and India are developing a pretty nice relationship:0--0:

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    Has the US actually equipped the AH-64 with the ATAS though? UH-60s have flown with them, as part of 160 SOAR for deep penetration missions:

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    India's buying them for it's AH-64s, has the US used them the same way?
     
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    The lightweight, short-range weapon has already been adapted to launch from American-made helicopters such as the AH-64 Apache, UH-60 Black Hawk and OH-54 Kiowa, according to Gordon Bourgeois, manager of international business development for Raytheon’s Missile Systems unit.

    But because the U.S. military relies on other aircraft to control the skies, it generally arms rotorcraft with heavier missiles designed to take out ground targets, such as the BGM-71 Tube-launched, Optically-tracked, Wire-guided, or TOW, anti-tank missile, Hellfire missile or Talon laser-guided rocket, Bourgeois said.

    Foreign militaries don’t usually operate with such a level of air superiority and thus have a greater interest in integrating Stingers on Apaches, Bourgeois said. Each Apache can be outfitted with one or two pair of Stingers with missile packs on either wingtip, he said.

    http://www.dodbuzz.com/2013/10/23/raytheon-sells-stingers-for-apaches-abroad/
     
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