The Indian Air Force has inducted 8 Apache helicopters at the Pathankot airbase. The eight fresh US-made Apache AH-64E attack helicopters will provide a major boost to the Air Force’s combat powers.
BS Dhanoa, Air Force chief Marshal was the chief guest at the ceremony at Pathankot airbase. The Air Force chief and Western Air Commander Air Marshal R Nambiar has performed a ‘pooja’ ceremony before the induction at the Pathankot airbase.
India is now going to be 14th nation in the world to be operating the Apache attack helicopters.
IAF spokesperson Anupam Banerjee has said that it is a ceremonial induction of the aircraft into IAF. As of now, they have 8 aircraft. 22 aircraft will come in phased manner and all will be inducted into the IAF. They had attack helicopters earlier, but this aircraft brings in lethal firepower with great accuracy.
The AH-64E Apache is one of the world’s most advanced multi-role combat helicopters and is also flown by the US Army.
IAF chief Dhanoa has said that the Apache helicopters have been modified according to the needs of the IAF. They are very happy with the scheduled delivery of the helicopters on time.
The IAF had also signed a multi-billion dollar contract with the US government and Boeing Ltd in September 2015 for 22 Apache helicopters.
Senior IAF officials have said that addition of the Apache fleet will significantly enhance theirs combat capabilities as the chopper has been made to suit IAF’s future requirements.
Boeing has delivered more than 2,200 Apaches to its customers around the world since the aircraft has entered into production and India is the 14th nation to select it for its military.