IAF gets first batch of 4 Apache attack helicopters from US

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US aerospace major Boeing on Saturday handed over the first four of the 22 Apache attack helicopters to the Indian Air Force while another batch of four choppers will be delivered next week.

The delivery of the first batch of the AH-64E Apache helicopters to the IAF at the Hindan air base came nearly four years after a multi-billion dollar deal for the choppers was sealed.

Boeing said the first batch of the Apaches arrived in India and an additional four choppers will be delivered to the IAF next week.

“The eight choppers will then move to the Pathankot Air Force station for their formal induction by the IAF, in September,” it said.

The AH-64E Apache is one of the world’s most advanced multi-role combat helicopters, and is flown by the US Army.

The IAF had signed a multi-billion dollar contract with the US government and Boeing Ltd in September 2015 for 22 Apache helicopters. Additionally, the Defence Ministry in 2017 approved the procurement of six Apache helicopters along with weapons systems from Boeing at a cost of Rs 4,168 crore for the Army. This will be its first fleet of attack choppers.