The final five of the 22 Apache attack helicopters were handed over to the IAF at Air Force Station Hindan. In March, Boeing handed over the last five of 15 CH-47F(I) Chinook heavy-lift helicopters to the IAF.
India is one of 17 nations to select the Apache and has the most advanced variant, the AH-64E Apache, which is also flown by the US and many other countries. The AH-64E Apache is designed and equipped with open systems architecture including the latest communications, navigation, sensor and weapon systems. It has an improved modernized target acquisition designation system that provides day, night, and all-weather target information, as well as night vision navigation capability.
In addition to classifying air and ground targets, the fire control radar has been updated to operate in the maritime environment. It is uniquely suited to meet a commander’s needs, including reconnaissance, security, peacekeeping operations, and lethal attack, across myriad environments — without reconfiguration.
Boeing Defence India provides holistic lifecycle solutions for government and defence customers in the country. Boeing delivers services that ensure high availability and mission-readiness of platforms to its defence customers at competitive costs through its investments in services infrastructure and building local capabilities and partnerships. With the induction of the Apaches and Chinooks, Boeing anticipates additional opportunities in rotorcraft training and sustainment.
Surendra Ahuja, Managing Director of Boeing Defence India, said: “Customer centricity and commitment to the modernization and mission-readiness of India’s defense forces are key values to our partnership with India. With this delivery of military helicopters, we continue to nurture this partnership and are fully committed to working closely with India’s defense forces to deliver the right value and capabilities to meet their operational needs.”