IAF to induct 8 US-made Apache helicopters
The Indian Air Force will induct eight US-made Apache AH-64E attack helicopters here on Tuesday, which will give a major boots to its combat capabilities.
Pathankot: The Indian Air Force will induct eight US-made Apache AH-64E attack helicopters here on Tuesday, which will give a major boots to its combat capabilities.
Officials said the induction ceremony is underway and the aircraft will be formally inducted at the Pathankot Air Force station with Air Chief Marshal B S Dhanoa as the chief guest.
The AH-64E Apache is one of the world's most advanced multi-role combat helicopters, and is flown by the US Army.
"Eight of the Apache attack helicopters will shortly be inducted into the IAF, that will enhance the force's combat capabilities," a senior IAF official said.
Punjab: Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa and Western Air Commander Air Marshal R Nambiar near the Apache choppers for 'Pooja' ceremony before induction at the Pathankot Air Base. India is the 16th nation in the world to be operating the Apache attack helicopters. pic.twitter.com/I3BmEibO66— ANI (@ANI) September 3, 2019
The IAF had signed a multi-billion dollar contract with the US government and Boeing Ltd in September 2015 for 22 Apache helicopters.(PTI)