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Indian Air Force inducts AH-64E Apache

10th September 2019 - 10:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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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.

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