August 20, 2019 | 6:11 PM IST
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IAF gets its first Apache chopper; First batch to be shipped by July

The Indian Air Force (IAF) was formally handed over its first AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopter on Friday morning at the Boeing production facility in Arizona, US, informs a report. The deal was signed in September 2015 in which India purchased 22 such copters. The chopper is said to be one of the most lethal attackers.

The first batch of helicopters is scheduled to be shipped to India by July.  The first chopper has been customised to suit IAF’s future requirements and will have marvellous performance capability in the mountainous terrain.
Defence experts strongly feel that the well-advanced choppers are designed to be used in all kinds of missions, including deadly ones. They can carry out precision attacks at standoff ranges and operate in hostile airspace with threats from ground, operate in bad weathers and at nights, has an arsenal of 70 mm rockets, armed with stinger air-to-air missiles, has an automatic cannon and are loaded with Hellfire missiles. They can also transmit and receive the battlefield picture to and from the weapon systems through data networking, adds the report.

Air Marshal AS Butola received the attacker in the presence of US government representatives. The aircrew and ground crew that will lead the fleet in IAF have undergone an extensive training programme at the training facility at US Army base Fort Rucker, Alabama.

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