(The Gist of PIB) Induction of AH-64E Apache Attack Helicopter
(The Gist of PIB) Induction of AH-64E Apache Attack Helicopter [SEPTEMBER-2019]
Induction of AH-64E Apache Attack Helicopter
The Indian Air Force (IAF) formally inducted the AH-64E Apache Attack Helicopter into its inventory at Air Force Station Pathankot.
IAF has signed a contract with ‘The Boeing Company’ and US Government for 22 Apache Attack Helicopters. The first eight helicopters have been delivered on schedule and the last batch of helicopters is to be delivered by March 2020.
Apache attack helicopters are being purchased to replace the Mi-35 fleet and will be deployed in the Western regions of India.
The helicopter is capable of delivering a variety of weapons which include fire and forget anti-tank guided missiles, air to ground Hellfire missiles, 70 mm Hydra rockets and air to air Stinger missiles.
These helicopters are day/night, all weather capable and have high agility and survivability against battle damage.