The Indian Air Force (IAF) on Tuesday officially included eight AH-64E Apache attack helicopters into government at the Pathankot Air Force Station. Apache is the most progressive multi-role heavy attack helicopter on the planet.
“Apache attack helicopters are being purchased to replace the Mi-35 fleet. Alongside the capability to shoot fire and forget anti-tank guided missiles, air-to-air missiles, rockets and other ammunitions, it also has modern Electronic Warfare (EW) capabilities to provide versatility to helicopters in a network-centric aerial warfare,” said IAF Chief Air Chief Marshal B.S. Dhanoa at the induction ceremony.
IAF Added 8 US-Made Apache Attack Helicopters
He expressed that these helicopters had been modified explicitly to suit the exacting standards demanded by the IAF and noticed that the delivery schedule is on time.
“Today with the induction of the Apache AH-64E the IAF has upgraded its inventory to the latest generation of attack helicopters,” ACM Dhanoa added. The Apaches will be part of the 125 Helicopter Unit at Pathankot.
“The Apaches arrived at the Air Force Station, Hindan, in July this year, in batches of four, over two days, and were then transported to the Air Force Station, Pathankot in Punjab, to await their formal induction,” the helicopter manufacturer Boeing said in a statement. India is the 16th nation to select the Apache and the AH-64E is the most advanced variant, Boeing added.
Selected aircrew and ground team had just experienced preparing at the preparation offices at U.S. Armed force base Fort Rucker in Alabama before the landing of the helicopters in India and these workforce would lead the operationalization of the Apache armada, IAF had said prior.
India contracted 22 Apache helicopters from the U.S. government and Boeing in September 2015 and the whole fleet will be in service with the IAF by 2020. The government has likewise cleared the obtaining of six extra Apaches for the Indian Army which has been officially endorsed by the U.S.
The helicopter is fit for conveying an assortment of weapons which incorporate air-to-ground Hellfire rockets, 70 mm Hydra rockets and aerial Stinger rockets, the IAF said in an announcement. Apache also conveys one 30 mm chain firearm with 1,200 adjusts as a component of territory weapon sub-framework and to “add to the lethality of the helicopter” it conveys fire control radar, which has a 360-degree inclusion and nose-mounted sensor suite for objective procurement and night vision frameworks, the IAF included.
The IAF said adding that these helicopters “are day/night, all weather capable and have high agility and survivability against battle damage.”