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IAF receives first AH-64E Apache attack helicopter

Date: 11 May 2019 Tags: Defence & Security

The first AH-64E (I)-Apache Guardian helicopter was formally handed over to Indian Air Force (IAF) at Boeing production facility in Mesa, Arizona, United States. IAF had signed a contract with US Government and Boeing in September 2015 for purchasing 22 Apache helicopters. The first batch of these helicopters is scheduled to be shipped to India by July 2019.

Apache Helicopter

It is one of the most advanced multi-role combat helicopters. It has advanced weapons systems and night-fighting features. It is armed with stinger air-to-air missiles, Hellfire Longbow air-to-ground missiles, guns and rockets.  It has joint digital operability, cognitive decision-aiding and improved survivability. It has capability to carry out precision attacks at standoff ranges and operate in hostile airspace with threats from ground.

Significance

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 would 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.