NEW DELHI - In a major boost, the Indian Air Force (IAF) was on Friday formally handed over its first Apache Guardian attack helicopter at Boeing production facility Arizona, USA.
Air Marshal AS Butola represented the IAF and accepted the first Apache in the ceremony.
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The addition of AH-64 E (I) helicopter is a significant step towards modernisation of IAF’s helicopter fleet. The helicopter has been customized to suit IAF’s future requirements and would have significant capability in mountainous terrain. pic.twitter.com/prN3vjx4d link Twitter Ads info and privacy link [image: View image on Twitter] link: View image on Twitter] link
As per details shared by the IAF , the addition of AH-64 E (I) helicopter is a significant step towards modernisation of IAF’s helicopter fleet and it has been customized to suit IAF’s future requirements. It would have significant capability in mountainous terrain. link
The AH-64E Apache is a leading multi-role attack helicopter and is flown by the US Army
The IAF had signed a multi-billion dollar contract with the US government and Boeing Ltd in September 2015 for 22 Apache helicopters. The first batch of these helicopters is scheduled to be shipped to India by July this year.
"Selected aircrew and ground crew have undergone training at the training facilities at US Army base Fort Rucker, Alabama. This personnel will lead the operationalisation of the Apache fleet in the IAF ," the IAF said in a statement.