The AH-64E Apache is one of the world’s most advanced multi-role combat helicopters and is flown by the US Army.

PATHANKOT: In a major boost to the Indian Air Force’s combat capabilities, eight US-made Apache AH-64E attack helicopters were induced into the IAF on September 3.

Air Chief Marshal B S Dhanoa was the chief guest during the induction ceremony, which took place at the Pathankot Air Force station.

The AH-64E Apache is one of the world’s most advanced multi-role combat helicopters and is flown by the US Army.

The IAF signed a multi-billion dollar contract with the US government and Boeing Ltd in September 2015 for 22 Apache helicopters.

The first four of the 22 helicopters was handed over to the air force by Boeing on July 27.

The delivery of the first batch of Apache helicopters to the IAF at the Hindon air base had come nearly four years after a multi-billion dollar deal for the choppers was sealed.

Additionally, the Defense 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 operated a fleet of 22 Apaches. These first deliveries were 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 customized to suit IAF’s future requirements.

Boeing has delivered more than 2,200 Apache 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 had earlier said.

The aerospace major said the AH-64E has the latest technology insertions, maintaining its standing as the world’s best attack helicopter.

“It’s the only available combat helicopter with a spectrum of capabilities for virtually any mission requirement. For the AH-64E, this includes greater thrust and lift, joint digital operability, improved survivablitiy and cognitive decision aiding.

“It is uniquely suited to meet the commander’s needs, including reconnaissance, security, peacekeeping operations, and lethal attack – on both land and littoral environments – all without reconfiguration,” it said.

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