The Apache Guardian attack helicopter was formally handed over to the Indian Air Force at a production facility of Boeing in Arizona on Friday, the Indian Air Force tweeted.
The first AH-64E (I) Apache Guardian is an advanced all-weather attack helicopter that can engage both air and ground targets with relative stealth using low-altitude obstacles like trees and hills as cover.
Air Marshal AS Butola represented the Indian Air Force and accepted the first Apache in a ceremony at the Boeing production facility. Members of the US government were also present at the ceremony.
The first batch of these helicopters is scheduled to be shipped to India by July. Aircrew and ground crew have undergone training at the facilities of the US Army at Fort Rucker, Alabama.
The helicopter will replace the Soviet Union fleet operating in the IAF currently. The helicopter has been customised to suit the IAF’s future requirements and would have significant capability in mountainous terrain. The helicopter can conduct precision attacks at standoff ranges and operate in hostile airspace with threats from ground.
The additional capability of the chopper is to transmit and receive battlefield picture, to and from the weapon systems through data networking. These attack helicopters will provide significant edge in any future joint operations in support of land forces said the IAF.
India earlier purchased the Chinook transport helicopter, made by Boeing again. The Chinook is a multi-role, vertical-lift platform, which is used for transporting troops, artillery, equipment and fuel.
#ApacheInduction: First AH-64E (I) Apache Guardian helicopter was formally handed over to the IAF at Boeing production facility in Mesa, Arizona, USA on 10 May 19. Air Mshl AS Butola, represented the IAF & accepted the first Apache in a ceremony at Boeing production facility. pic.twitter.com/FzA0IfRine
— Indian Air Force (@IAF_MCC) May 11, 2019
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