We make the best and we are dealing now with India, said Trump at Motera stadium. (Photo Credit: Twitter/@PIB_India)
US President Donald Trump on Monday said India and US will sign defence deals worth USD 3 Billion, which will include ‘finest state of the art military helicopters’ and other equipment to the Indian armed forces. Trump, who was addressing the 'Namaste Trump' event at Motera stadium in Ahmedabad, said, "I'm pleased to announce that tomorrow our representatives will sign deals to sell over US$ 3 Billion, in the absolute finest state of the art military helicopters and other equipment to the Indian armed forces.”
US President Donald Trump: I'm pleased to announce that tomorrow our representatives will sign deals to sell over US$ 3 Billion, in the absolute finest state of the art military helicopters and other equipment to the Indian armed forces. #NamasteTrump https://t.co/CS3Lrk3yX2— ANI (@ANI) February 24, 2020
"As we continue to build our defence cooperation, the US looks forward to providing India with some of the best & most feared military equipment on the planet. We make the greatest weapons ever made. We make the best and we are dealing now with India," Trump said to massive cheers at the nearly one lakh people who were present at the Motera stadium.
Prior to Trump's visit to India, the US Department of State had also approved the possible sale of an Integrated Air Defense Weapon System (IADWS) for USD 1.9 billion to New Delhi. According to the notification given by State Department to the US Congress, New Delhi had requested the US to facilitate the sale of IADWS.
Along with this, the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) on Wednesday cleared the purchase of 24 MH-60 `Romeo’ multi-mission helicopters worth USD 2.4 billion for the Indian Navy from United States.
Moreover, US defence major Boeing had also sought a licence from the US authorities to be able to offer its F-15EX Eagle fighter jets to the IAF. The move came as Indian Air Force plans to procure more than hundred fighter jets to fill the vacating squadrons of country’s air fleet.
The top contenders for the deal include Lockheed’s F-21, Boeing’s F/A-18, Dassault Aviation’s Rafale, the Eurofighter Typhoon, Russian aircraft MiG 35 and Saab’s Gripen.