IAF Chief BS Dhanoa Inducts 8 Apache AH-64E Choppers Into Fleet
The AH-64E Apache is one of the world’s most advanced multi-role combat helicopters and is flown by the US Army.
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In a major boost to the Indian Air Force's combat capabilities, eight US-made Apache AH-64E attack helicopters were inducted into the IAF on Tuesday, 3 September.
Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa was the chief guest at the induction ceremony, which took place at the Pathankot Air Force Station.
The Apache AH-64E is one of the world’s most advanced multi-role combat helicopters, and is flown by the US Army.
"Eight of the Apache attack helicopters are set to be inducted into the IAF, that will enhance the force's combat capabilities," a senior IAF official told news agency PTI on Monday.
The IAF had signed a multi-billion dollar contract with the US government and Boeing Ltd in September 2015 for 22 Apache helicopters. Four of the 22 helicopters were handed over to the IAF by Boeing on 27 July this year.
The delivery of the first batch of Apache helicopters to the IAF at the Hindan air base had come nearly four years after a multi-billion dollar deal for the choppers was sealed.
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. By 2020, the IAF will operate a fleet of 22 Apaches. These first deliveries have been ahead of schedule.
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.
Senior IAF officials said the addition of the Apache fleet will significantly enhance the force's combat capabilities as the chopper has been customised to suit the IAF's future requirements. Boeing 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.”Boeing
The aerospace major said the AH-64E has the latest technology insertions, maintaining its standing as the world's best attack helicopter.
(With inputs from PTI and ANI)
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