India gets Apache attack helicopters
- The AH-64E Apache is one of the world's most advanced multi-role combat helicopters, and is flown by the US Army.
- The IAF had signed a multi-billion dollar contract with the US government and Boeing Ltd in September 2015 for 22 Apache helicopters.
- Additionally, the Defence Ministry in 2017 approved the procurement of six Apache helicopters along with weapons systems from Boeing at a cost of Rs 4,168 crore for the Army. This will be its first fleet of attack choppers.
- The Apache fleet will significantly enhance the force's combat capabilities as the chopper has been customised to suit IAF's future requirements.
- The arrival of the Apaches, ahead-of-schedule, validates Boeing's commitment to delivering on its promise of modernising India's defence forces. Boeing has ensured high rate of mission readiness and increased operational capabilities through its current partnerships with the IAF.
- The company has delivered more than 2,200 Apaches to customers around the world since the aircraft entered production and India is the 14th nation to select it for its military.
- "By 2020, the IAF will operate a fleet of 22 Apaches, and these first deliveries are ahead of schedule.
- The aerospace major said the AH-64E has the latest technology insertions, maintaining its standing as the world's best attack helicopter.
- The AH-64E Apache for the Indian Air Force completed successful first flights in July 2018. The first batch of Indian Air Force crew began their training to fly the Apache in the US in 2018.