Indian Air Force will finally get its latest induction; the AH-64E Apache helicopters. The attack choppers will provide a major boost to the IAF’s combat capabilities.
The IAF has released a video on its official twitter in which it shows how the Apache helicopters are unloaded from the cargo aircraft . The choppers are then fitted properly before being sent to Pathankot.
Watch the Video here:
A total of eight choppers had been delivered to India in two batches over the months of July and August. Boeing, the US-based manufacturer of Apache helicopters, had delivered the first batch of four choppers on 27 July at the Hindan Air Base in Ghaziabad.
This attack helicopters are the most modern variant of the Apache helicopters. All eight choppers are of the AH-64 variant, which are the most modern variant of the Apache.
The Defence Ministry had finalised the order for production, training and support of 22 AH-64 Apache attack helicopters in 2015. Two years later, the Central government cleared the acquisition of an additional six Apache choppers for the Indian Army. The AH-64 Apache is the world's most advanced multi-role combat helicopter and is also used by the US Army
Boeing has so far delivered more than 2,200 Apaches to customers around the world since the aircraft entered production.
By 2020, the IAF will operate a fleet of 22 Apaches, and these first deliveries are 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.
The choppers will be used for ferrying heavy loads in the mountainous region of Ladakh and other areas for the Army and Air Force requirements. The Defence Ministry had finalised the order for production, training and support of 22 AH-64 Apache attack helicopters in 2015.