Saturday, July 11, 2020

All Apache helicopters delivered to Indian Air Force, some deployed along LAC

New Delhi: Adding attack capability to the Indian Air Force (IAF) amidst the continuing standoff along the Line of Actual Control with the Chinese Army, US has delivered the final batch of Apache attack helicopters to India. Aviation major Boeing said on Friday that it has completed delivery of all AH-64E Apache. In addition also all the CH-47F (I) Chinook heavy lift helicopters have reached Indian recently. 

The Boeing said on Friday, "The final five of the 22 Apache attack helicopters were handed over to the IAF at Air Force Station, Hindan." It added that the delivery of the last five of 15 CH-47F (I) Chinook heavy-lift helicopters to the IAF was completed earlier in March.

India has deployed its fighters including the Sukhoi 30, MiG 29, Mirage 2000 and Apache attack helicopters at the frontline bases after the clash between the Chinese and Indian soldiers on June 15 which resulted in casualties on both sides.  The army had moved forward with tanks and artillery guns to match the Chinese deployments in early May.

The Apache is said to be the most modern attack helicopters meant to take place of the existing fleet of Mi-35 choppers meant for assault and anti armour operations. The AH-64E Apache is designed and equipped 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. Its Fire Control Radar can classify air and ground targets and can operate in the maritime environment. It can be sued for multi missions like for reconnaissance, security, peacekeeping operations, apart from attack operations.
10/07/20 Mayank Singh/New Indian Express
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