New Delhi : The Apache Guardian attack helicopter was formally handed over to India on May 10 at the chopper production facility in Arizona, US. India signed a contract for 22 of the Apache Guardian choppers with the US in September 2015.
According to IAF, “The helicopter has the capability to carry out precision attacks at standoff ranges and operate in hostile airspace with threats from ground. The ability of these helicopters to transmit and receive battlefield picture, to and from the weapon systems through data networking, makes it a lethal acquisition.”
These helicopters’ ability, to transmit and receive the battlefield picture to and from the weapon systems through data networking, makes it a lethal acquisition.The helicopter has the capability to carry out precision attacks at standoff ranges and operate in hostile airspace with threats from ground.These attack helicopters will also provide a significant edge in future joint operations in support of land forces.
The Apache helicopter had been particularly customised to meet the IAF’s requirements; it will have special capabilities in operating in mountainous terrain. world’s most advanced multi-role combat helicopter, Apache is the first ever complete attack helicopter in IAF’s stable.
These will significantly bolster the attack capabilities of the Indian Air Force, and add to the Indian might. These will be received in India in semi knocked down (SKD) format, and the platform will then be reassembled in India, re-tested, and then be formally sent to their respective bases.The first Apache Guardian attack helicopter has been customised to suit IAF’s future requirements and will have significant capability in the mountainous terrain.
The first batch of these helicopters is scheduled to be shipped to India by July.Aircrew and ground crew have already undergone training at the training facilities at US Army base Fort Rucker, Alabama. These trained personnel will lead operationalisation of the Apache fleet in the IAF.