Amidst the tense Indian border clash with China, the largest U.S. aerospace Boeing delivered the last five of the 22 Apache attack helicopters to the Indian Air Force last month, and the fleet has now been part of assets deployed to air bases. key along the Royal Line of Control, officials said Friday. Boeing said it completed the delivery of the 22 Apache and 15 Chinook military helicopters to the IAF and is fully committed to meeting its operational needs for the Indian military.
The AH-64E Apache is one of the most advanced multi-role combat helicopters in the world, and is operated by the US Army, Chinook is a multi-function vertical lift platform, mainly used to transport troops, artillery, equipment and fuel. India finalized a multi-million dollar contract with Boeing to acquire 22 Apache helicopters and 15 Chinooks for the IAF in September 2015. The Apache and Chinook helicopters have been commissioned as part of the IAF’s deployment throughout LAC in view of the bitter clash with China in eastern Ladakh, authorities said.
“With this delivery of military helicopters, we continue to nurture this partnership and we are fully committed to working closely with the Indian Defense Forces to deliver the right value and capabilities to meet their operational needs,” said Surendra Ahuja, Managing Director of Boeing Defense India. India is one of the 17 nations to select the Apache and has the most advanced variant, the AH-64E Apache.
Defense and security ties between India and the US have been on the rise for the past six years. Bilateral defense trade hit the $ 18 billion mark in 2019, reflecting the growing defense cooperation between the two sides. Both sides have also been lobbying for joint venture and collaboration between the private sectors of the two countries in defense manufacturing. In June 2016, the US had designated India as a “Great Defense Partner”, with the intention of raising defense trade and technology exchange with New Delhi to a level commensurate with that of its allies and partners. closer.
In a statement, Boeing said the AH-64E Apache has an improved modernized target acquisition designation system that provides a day and night target tracking system.
“In addition to classifying air and ground targets, fire control radar has been updated to operate in the maritime environment. It is especially suited to meeting a commander’s needs, including reconnaissance, security, peacekeeping operations and deadly attacks, in a myriad of settings, without reconfiguration, “said Boeing.
He said that 20 defense forces around the world either have Chinooks on duty or have a contract to receive them. “The iconic tandem rotor helicopter has been the world’s most reliable and efficient heavy-duty helicopter for over 50 years, allowing customers to operate in weather conditions (high temperatures), altitude (high) and crosswind,” he said. the company. It said that the CH-47F (I) Chinook contains a modern mechanized fuselage, a common avionics architecture system cabin, and a digital automatic flight control system. “Those innovations and technologies will help the Indian Air Force meet the changing demands of the mission, maximize interoperability and reduce life cycle costs,” he said.
Earlier this year, India and the United States signed a contract for the acquisition of six Apaches for the Indian Army during President Donald Trump’s visit to Delhi. Boeing’s joint venture with Tata in Hyderabad has been producing aerostructures for the AH-64 Apache helicopter for both the US military and international customers.