Indian Air Force gets 8 Apache attack helicopters
Pathankot : Indian Air Force on Tuesday extended its fleet with the inclusion of eight US-made Apache AH-64E(I) helicopters at the Pathankot Air Base.
“#NewInduction: Glimpses of AH-64E Apache attack helicopter’s maiden flight at AFS Hindan. The helicopter is planned to be inducted into the IAF on 03 Sep 19 at AFS Pathankot,” Indian Air Force said tweeting a four-minute video of the chopper.
India signed a $1.1-billion deal with US defence giant Boeing in September 2015 for 22 Apache choppers to sharpen its attack capabilities. The IAF currently flies Soviet-origin Mi-25 and Mi-35 helicopter gunships.
As a part of first segment eight helicopters have been delivered while all the 22 helicopters will be delivered by the end of 2020.
This happens to be the second US-built helicopters to join the Air Force fleet. IAF has already inducted Boeing CH-47F (I) Chinook heavy-lift helicopters on March 25.
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.