Eight Apache AH-64E attack helicopters inducted into IAF

New Delhi: Indian Air Force inducted eight Apache attack helicopters acquired from the US at one of its forward airbases — Pathankot in Punjab,
on Tuesday. 

“It’s a ceremonial induction of the aircraft into IAF. As of now, we’ve eight aircraft. Twenty-two aircraft will come in phased manner and all will be inducted into IAF. We had attack helicopters earlier, but this aircraft brings in lethal firepower with great accuracy,” said IAF PRO, Anupam Banerjee. Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa was the chief guest on this occasion. 

Will replace old Russia-made Mi-35 attack helicopters: One of the most advanced multi-role combat helicopters in the world, Apache AH-64E is in active service in the US army. It is the second major induction by the IAF within five months. IAF had inducted the advanced heavy-lift Chinook helicopters at the Chandigarh airbase in March. 

According to IAF officials, the Apache choppers would replace the old Russia-made Mi-35 attack helicopters. Mi-35 helicopters are serving in the IAF for the past around four decades and have almost lived its life. 

Manufactured by aerospace giant Boeing, initially only four helicopters would be inducted into the IAF. The first batch of these four helicopters was delivered by Boeing in July this year at Hindon airbase.

IAF pilots have undergone training in US: The IAF pilots have already undergone training in US to fly these attack helicopters. According to IAF officials, the Apaches would replace the old Russia-made Mi-35 attack helicopters. Mi-35 helicopters are serving in the IAF for the past around four decades and have almost lived its life. 

Manufactured by aerospace giant Boeing, initially only four helicopters would be inducted into the IAF. The first batch of these four helicopters was delivered by Boeing in July this year at Hindon airbase. The IAF pilots have already undergone training in US to fly these attack helicopters.