Indian Air Force gets lethal combat fire power capability

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Indian Air Force gets lethal combat fire power capability

NEW DELHI - Indian Air Force gets lethal combat fire power capability with the induction of the US Apache attack helicopters.

The Indian Air Force (IAF) on Tuesday inducted eight attack helicopters. The Apache AH-64E, one of the most advanced multi-role combat helicopters, were delivered at the Pathankot Air station.

“Apache attack helicopters are being purchased to replace the Mi-35 fleet,” said IAF chief Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa at the induction ceremony.

“Alongside the capability to shoot fire and forget anti-tank guided missiles, air-to-air missiles, rockets and other ammunitions, it also has modern Electronic Warfare (EW) capabilities to provide versatility to helicopters in network-centric aerial warfare.”

The IAF chief added that the helicopters had been modified to suit the demands of the IAF and there were no issues on the delivery schedule by helicopter manufacturer, Boeing.

“The Apaches arrived at the Air Force Station, Hindan, in July this year, in batches of four, over two days,” Boeing said in a statement.