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No trade note, just a contract for Seahawk Helicopters!

It is reported that 2.6 billion dollars of Indian and US Seahawk helicopters may be traded during Trump’s visit.According to the story of livemint, India can purchase 24 Seahawk helicopters from American defence manufacturing firm Lockheed Martin during a trip to Trump. Two authorisations informed of the matter have said that the deal could be signed on the next week’s visit to Trump. Nevertheless, it is not known whether there will be any other case deals between the two nations on this visit.

According to stories, the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) supervised by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has confirmed the purchase of 24 MH-60R Seahawk maritime helicopters.

The purchase of these helicopters was approved by the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) in 2018 itself.The deal will be done under Foreign Military Sales (FMS), which may be announced after the bilateral talks between the two countries on February 25.

Why India needs these helicopters 

  • It is known that MH-60R helicopters will not only have torpedoes but also anti-submarine missiles. In this package, India will also get training, support, spares and ground-to-air weapons.
  • These helicopters will be delivered in the next five years after the contract is signed. These aircraft will replace the British Sea King helicopters.

On 19 Feb 2020 Trump, said about his visit to India – “We can do trade deals with India but I am keeping a big deal for later.” Trump said that there will be a trade deal with India, but cannot say when it will happen. Trump also said that a trade deal between the two countries could happen before the US presidential election in November.

President Trump will arrive with PM Modi at the open-press “Namaste Trump” event at the newly-built Sadar Vallabhhai Patel Stadium at Motera, said to be the world’s largest cricket stadium with an inclination of over 100,000.

“People-to-people communication has always been an important part of India-US relations and making the event a part of US President Donald Trump’s visit is a reflection of that,” BJP leader Ram Madhav had told news agency ANI on Tuesday.

“The programme is designed as a gesticulation from our side to repeat our commitment to take US-India relationship to a higher level,” he replied.

The President and the First Lady will later fly down to Agra for an evening visit to the Taj Mahal, the world-renowned marble grave where foreign dignitaries often stop for a panoramic photo.On Tuesday aurora, President Trump and Melania Trump will engage in an open-press delightful service at the presidential palace Rashtrapati Bhavan in Delhi. They will also visit Mahatma Gandhi’s memorial Rajghat before heading to Hyderabad House in the heart of the capital for bilateral agreements and lunch. President Trump and PM Modi will later make a joint press announcement.

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