India’s first Apache AH-64E will be inducted in the Air Force on Tomorrow (3rd September). The 8 helicopters will join the Indian Air Force at the Pathankot airbase, a few kilometers from the Pakistan border. With the arrival of Apache, India will get a powerful weapon against the enemy. Apache can be used for accurate attacks on enemy tank squads, vehicles, training camps. It is counted among the best attack helicopters in the world.
Apache’s first squadron will be stationed in Pathankot, with the first commanding officer, Group Captain M. Shayalu. The Air Force’s 125 helicopter squadron (125 H SQUADRON) already deployed in Pathankot which currently flies MI-35 helicopters and now it will be the first Apache squadron in the country. . The second squadron will be stationed at Jorhat in Assam. Indian Air Force will be received all the Apache helicopters by 2020.
IAF had signed a contract with US Government and M/s Boeing Ltd in Sep 2015 for 22 Apache helicopters.
Glimpses of AH-64E Apache attack helicopter’s maiden flight at AFS Hindan.
- Role: Attack Helicopter
- Manufacturer: Boeing
- Primary Users: United States Army, Israeli Air Force, Egyptian Air Force, Royal Netherlands Air Force
- Unit Cost: $35.5M (AH-64E)
- Top speed: 365 km/h
- The Apache AH 64 E helicopter is equipped with a 30 mm machine gun which can carry up to 1200 rounds at a time.
- Apache is also equipped with anti-tank Hellfire missile, which is believed to have one missile enough to destroy a tank.
- Longbow fire control Radar provides the capability to automatically detect, classify, and prioritize targets.
- Hydra unguided rocket is used as an additional weapon, which makes an accurate attack on any target of the ground.