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India to sell 2 Advanced Light Helicopters to Nepal

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

New Delhi, Feb 11, IRNA -- India is finally ready to don the mantle to
the arms exporter as it gets ready to sell the first indigenously- 
developed Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH). 
According to the Indian Express, a New Delhi-based English daily, 
it is learnt that two ALHs will be sold to Nepal and the orders are 
expected to be firmed up by this month-end. 
The proposed sale will be the first major transaction of an 
indigenously-developed weapon-system and the ALH has been priced at 
nearly Rs 300 million per piece. Weighing 5.5 tonnes, the ALH is 
considered one of the best in its category. 
The nearest competitor, the American Bell-1, is lighter and 
carries a lighter load while others are much heavier at 9 to 10 tons. 
Well placed in terms of weight, carrying capacity, weapons 
configuration and price, the ALH makes an attractive buy in the 
international market. 
New Delhi has been helping Kathmandu with military supplies, 
but its focus has been more on training assistance to officers of 
the Nepalese Army. It is learnt that the number of vacancies 
allotted to Nepalese officers for military courses in India has been 
doubled. 
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