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AH-64E Apache Attack Helicopter Fleet Inducted into the Army

  • The Indian Army Aviation Corps launched its first unit of AH-64E Apache Attack Helicopters at Jodhpur Air Base.

AH-64E Apache Attack Helicopter

  • The AH-64E Apache, often known as the ‘Apache Guardian’, is widely regarded as the world’s most advanced multi-role combat helicopter.
  • It was developed in the United States and is manufactured by Boeing.
  • In February 2020, India signed a contract with Boeing to acquire six AH-64E helicopters for the Army, with an additional six helicopters contracted later.
  • Several countries have purchased the AH-64E, including India, Egypt, Greece, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, South Korea, Kuwait, the Netherlands, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, the UAE, and the United Kingdom. 

Combat Features:

  • Designed with an open systems architecture to include cutting-edge communications, navigation, sensor, and weapon systems.
  • Features better thrust and lift capabilities, cooperative digital interoperability, survivability, and cognitive decision-making.
  • Introduces a new integrated infrared laser for easier target identification, as well as enhanced infrared imagery that combines infrared and night vision capabilities.

Strategic Significance of Induction

  • Enhancing Combat Capability: The introduction of Apache helicopters represents a big step forward for the Army Aviation Corps, offering powerful firepower and manoeuvrability in combat settings.
  • Complementing Indigenous Capabilities: The Apaches will supplement the indigenous Light Combat Helicopter (LCH), enhancing the Army’s aerial combat capabilities.
  • Replacing the outdated arsenal: The Apache fleet will replace the Russian Mi-35 attack helicopters now in service.

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