The Indian Air Force (IAF) has formally received its first AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopter at Boeing’s facility in Arizona, United States.
“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 Marshal AS Butola, represented the IAF & accepted the first Apache in a ceremony at Boeing production facility,” the IAF tweeted Saturday morning.
According to the IAF, the first batch of the “customized” helicopters is scheduled to be shipped to India by July this year. Selected aircrew & ground crew have undergone training at the training facilities at US Army base Fort Rucker, Alabama.
The AH-64Es, also known as Apaches, are helicopters that can carry AGM-114 Hellfire missiles and Hydra 70 rocket pods. They have four blades and are rotary-winged.
India and the US signed the nearly (INR 13,952 crore) $2 billion deal for 22 AH-64E choppers for the IAF in September 2015. Deliveries of all the aircraft are scheduled to be completed in 2020.
According to a PTI report, the defence ministry has additionally approved the procurement of six AH-64E Apache helicopters, armaments, and associated equipment from Boeing at a cost of INR 4,168 crore ($596 million) for the Army.
Fighters belonging to the Indian Air Force (IAF) intercepted and diverted Georgian Antonov An-12 transport aircraft from Tbilisi to Delhi via Karachi to land at the Jaipur airport, in the northwestern state of Rajasthan on Friday. "One An-12 aircraft of Georgia entered Indian Air Space from an unscheduled point in North Gujarat, today at 1515h
An Antonov An-32, twin-engined turboprop military transport aircraft belonging to the Indian Air Force (IAF) overshot the main runway due to a technical snag while departing from the Mumbai airport, located on the west coast of the country, on Tuesday night. According to a report by NDTV, Defence Ministry officials said that the aircraft had to abandon take off in view of a technical issue and overshot the runway
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Lockheed Martin has won a $12.8 million Foreign Military Sales contract to provide refurbishment support services for United kingdoms AH-64 Apache attack helicopter
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