Indian Air Force inducts AH-64E Apache
The Indian Air Force (IAF) has formally inducted the AH-64E Apache helicopter into its inventory at Air Force Station Pathankot.
The IAF has received eight of 22 Apaches ordered from the US government and Boeing in August 2014. The last batch of helicopters is to be delivered by March 2020.
The helicopters are being introduced to replace the IAF’s Mi-35 fleet. The helicopters have been modified to meet the requirements of the IAF, and will be deployed in the Western regions of India.
The Apache AH-64E is capable of delivering weapons including air-to-ground Hellfire missiles, 70mm Hydra rockets and air-to-air Stinger missiles. It also carries one 30mm chain gun with 1200 rounds. Its fire control radar has 360° coverage.
More from Defence Helicopter
Royal Navy helicopter crews transfer control of UAS in European first
Using technology supplied by QinetiQ, two Royal Navy helicopter crews successfully exchanged control of a UAS while in flight.
Leonardo wins Canadian helicopter upgrade programme
The upgrade contract will ensure that the Candian helicopters are compliant with future technological requirements.
Guatemala receives Bell Subaru helicopters
The latest version of the Bell 412 helicopter has improved performance and weight capacity and will support Guatemala in various missions.
Algeria expresses interest in AW249 while AW139 deal remains in limbo
Leonardo and Algeria hope to seal the AW139 deal in 2023 while Italy and the North African country further strengthen defence ties.
Nigeria to receive new attack helicopters
The Nigerian Air Force is to receive more than 50 attack air assets to strengthen its ability to fight insecurity within its borders.
Royal Navy upgrades Merlin helicopters
The Royal Navy's amphibious helicopters have received an improved defensive aid suit and Merlin pilots can now train in a synthetic training environment.