Apache Helicopters inducted into Indian Air Force

Apache Helicopters inducted into Indian Air Force

Apache Helicopters inducted  into Indian Air Force 

The Indian Air Force on 03 Sept 2019 inducted 8 Apache helicopters at the Pathankot airbase. The US-made Apache AH-64E attack helicopters will give a major boost to the Indian Air Force's air combat powers.

Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa was the chief guest at the ceremony at Pathankot airbase. The Air Force chief and Western Air Commander Air Marshal R Nambiar performed a 'pooja' ceremony before the induction of Apache helicopters at the Pathankot airbase.

India is now 14th nation in the world to be operating the Apache attack helicopters.

Indian Air Force spokesperson Anupam Banerjee said, "It is a ceremonial induction of the aircraft into Indian Air Force. As of now, we have 8 aircraft. 22 aircraft will come in phased manner and all will be inducted into the IAF. We had attack helicopters earlier, but this aircraft brings in lethal firepower with great accuracy."

The AH-64 Apache is an USA's twin-turboshaft attack helicopter with a tailwheel-type landing gear arrangement and a tandem cockpit for a crew of two. It has a nose-mounted sensor suite for target acquisition and also have night vision systems for better air combat capability.

Apache helicopter is armed with a 30 mm (1.18 in) M230 chain gun carried between the main landing gear, under the aircraft's forward fuselage, and four hardpoints mounted on stub-wing pylons for carrying armament and stores, typically a mixture of AGM-114 Hellfire missiles and Hydra 70 rocket pods. The AH-64 Apache has significant systems redundancy to improve combat survivability.

Senior Indian Air Force officials said the addition of the Apache fleet will significantly enhance the  Indian Air Force's combat capabilities as the chopper has been customised to suit Indian Air Force
's future requirements.

Boeing has delivered more than 2,200 Apaches helicopters to its customers around the world since the aircraft entered production.

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