Indian Air Force (IAF) has received first batch of four of total 22 AH-64E Apache Guardian Attack helicopters from US aerospace major Boeing at Hindon air base in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh. The batch of four Apache helicopters will be delivered soon. These eight helicopters will be the moved to Pathankot Air Force station (Punjab) for their formal induction by the IAF in September 2019. IAF had signed contract with US Government and Boeing in September 2015 for purchasing 22 Apache helicopters.
About Apache Helicopter
The addition of AH-64 E (I) helicopter in IAF is significant step towards modernisation of its helicopter fleet. It has been customized to suit IAF’s future requirements and will have significant capability in mountainous terrain.
The ability of this helicopter to transmit and receive battlefield picture, to and from weapon systems through data networking makes it lethal acquisition. This attack helicopter will provide significant edge to Indian armed forces in future joint operations in support of land forces.