Boeing delivers the first AH-64E Apache to IAF

Boeing delivers the first AH-64E Apache to IAF

The Indian Air Force has received first AH-64E (I) Apache Guardian attack helicopter.

Boeing has formally handed over the helicopter to the Indian Air Force at Boeing production facility in Mesa, Arizona, USA.

India had signed a multi-billion dollar deal with the US government and Boeing for 22 attack choppers in September 2015, PTI reported. The first batch of these helicopters will be shipped to India by July. “Selected aircrew and ground crew have undergone training at the training facilities at US Army base Fort Rucker, Alabama,” the IAF said in a statement. “These personnel will lead the operationalisation of the Apache fleet in the IAF.”

India is the 14th nation to select the Apache and ultimately will receive 22 AH-64E attack helicopters.

“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.

“These attack helicopters will provide significant edge in any future joint operations in support of land forces,” the IAF added.

The helicopter has the capability to carry out precision attacks at standoff ranges and operate in hostile airspace with threats from the ground.

The ability of these helicopters, to transmit and receive the battlefield picture, too and from the weapon systems through data networking makes it a lethal acquisition. These attack helicopters will provide a significant edge in any future joint operations in support of land forces.

Source: www.defenceandtechnology.com
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