US aviation major Boeing has given over first of the 22 Apache Guardian attack helicopters to the Indian Air Force, almost three-and-half years after a multi-billion dollar bargain for the choppers was fixed.
IAF Receives First Apache Guardian Attack Helicopter
Senior IAF authorities said the expansion of AH-64E (I) Apache helicopter is a noteworthy advance towards modernization of the power’s chopper armada.
The helicopter has been customized to suit IAF’s future prerequisites and would have the critical ability in the hilly territory, they said.
“The first AH-64E (I) – Apache Guardian helicopter was formally handed over to the Indian Air Force at Boeing production facility in Mesa, Arizona, the US on May 10,” IAF Spokesperson Group Captain Anupam Banerjee said.
The AH-64E Apache is a leading multi-role attack helicopter and is flown by the US Army.
The IAF had marked a multi-billion dollar contract with the US government and Boeing Ltd in September 2015 for 22 Apache helicopters. The first batch of these helicopters is planned to be transported to India by Jul this year.
“Selected aircrew and ground crew have undergone training at the training facilities at US Army base Fort Rucker, Alabama. These personnel will lead the operationalisation of the Apache fleet in the IAF,” the IAF said in a statement.
It said the helicopter has been redone to suit the IAF’s future necessities and would have the noteworthy capacity in a hilly landscape.
“The helicopter has the capability to carry out precision attacks at standoff ranges and operate in hostile airspace with threats from ground,” the IAF said.
It said the capacity of these helicopters, to transmit and get the war zone picture, to and from the weapon frameworks through information organizing makes it a deadly procurement.
“These attack helicopters will provide significant edge in any future joint operations in support of land forces,” the IAF added.