Indian Air Force on Tuesday inducted 8 Apache helicopters in presence of Air Force Chief BS Dhanoa as Chief Guest. The induction ceremony was held at Pathankot air base. The President of Boeing India, Salil Gupte handed over the ceremonial key of Apache helicopters to Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa.
These are the first 8 of the 22 Apache helicopters ordered by Indian Air Force. The Indian Air Force in September 2015 had signed a $1.4 billion deal with US Government and Boeing Ltd for 22 Apache helicopters. In 2017 Defence Ministry approved for procurement of six more Apache helicopters with weapon system from Boeing at a cost of Rs 4168 crore for Indian Army.
Indian Air Force gets the first delivery of Apache helicopters before time and by 2020 Indian Air Force will operate a fleet of 22 Apache helicopters. The Apache helicopters will strengthen IAF combat capabilities. Till date Boeing has delivered more than 2200 Apaches to its customers around the world.
President Boeing India, Salil Gupte says,
“The AH-64E variant of Apache helicopter is the same variant used by US Army.
Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa says,
“Apache helicopter is the most fierce attack helicopter and is capable of performing many missions. With induction of Apache AH-64E, Indian Air Force has upgraded its inventory to the latest generation of attack helicopters.
About Apache helicopter
- The Apache helicopter is the most advanced multi role combat helicopter used by US Army and many other big armies around the world.
- The first Apache helicopter was delivered to US Army by Boeing in January 1984.
- The US Army Apache fleet as of July 2016 has accumulated more than 4.2 million flight hours since the first Apache helicopter delivered to US Army in January 1984.
- Till date Boeing has delivered more than 2200 Apaches to customers around the world. The countries using Apache helicopters include Egypt, Greece, India, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Korea, Kuwait, Netherland, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, UAE, USA and UK.
- The Apache helicopter features two high performance turboshaft engines and is capable of travelling at a maximum cruise speed of 284 kph.
- The Apache helicopters are equipped with target acquisition designation sight and pilot night vision sensor.
- The Apache helicopters have numerous enhancements which includes Longer range weapons accuracy, all weather fighting capability, detection of objects (moving or stationary) without being detected, classification & threat prioritization of up to 128 targets in less than a minute, integrated sensors, networking and digital communication for situational awareness, management of combat arena in real time, digital transmission of images and target locations to joint operations battlefield commanders.