The Indian Air Pressure acquired its first Apache Guardian assault helicopter at a manufacturing facility of Boeing in Arizona on Friday.
India had in 2015 signed a multi-billion greenback contract with the US authorities and Boeing for 22 Apache helicopters.
Senior IAF officers stated the addition of AH-64E (I) Apache helicopter is a big step in the direction of modernisation of the pressure's chopper fleet.
The helicopter has been customised to go well with IAF's future necessities and would have vital functionality in mountainous terrain, they stated.
"The primary AH-64E (I) - Apache Guardian helicopter was formally handed over to the Indian Air Pressure at Boeing manufacturing facility in Mesa, Arizona, the US on Might 10," IAF Spokesperson Group Captain Anupam Banerjee stated.
The AH-64E Apache is a number one multi-role assault helicopter and is flown by the US Military.
The IAF had signed a multi-billion greenback contract with the US authorities and Boeing Ltd in September 2015 for 22 Apache helicopters. The primary batch of those helicopters is scheduled to be shipped to India by Jul this yr.
"Chosen aircrew and floor crew have undergone coaching on the coaching amenities at US Military base Fort Rucker, Alabama. This personnel will lead the operationalisation of the Apache fleet within the IAF," the IAF stated in a press release.
It stated the helicopter has been customised to go well with the IAF's future necessities and would have vital functionality in mountainous terrain.
"The helicopter has the potential to hold out precision assaults at standoff ranges and function in hostile airspace with threats from the bottom," the IAF stated.
It stated the power of those helicopters, to transmit and obtain the battlefield image, too and from the weapon methods via knowledge networking makes it a deadly acquisition.
"These assault helicopters will present a big edge in any future joint operations in help of land forces," the IAF added.
Moreover, the Defence Ministry in 2017 permitted the procurement of six Apache helicopters together with weapons methods from Boeing at a price of Rs four,168 crore for the Military. This might be its first fleet of assault choppers.
Fuselages for this Military order can be produced by Tata Boeing Aerospace Restricted, a three way partnership between Boeing and Tata Superior Methods in Hyderabad.
(With inputs from PTI)