New Delhi: The Indian Air Force (IAF) has acquired more firepower as Apache AH 64E attack choppers are inducted into its rotary wing fleet on Tuesday.
The formal induction of the sophisticated choppers took place at Air Force Station (AFS) Pathankot. The choppers received water cannon salute before induction at the Pathankot Air Base. Eight choppers were inducted into the IAF during the event.
The ceremonial key was handed over by the president of Boeing India to Air Chief Marshal Dhanoa. Indian Air Force said in a tweet: “NewInduction: Glimpses of AH-64E Apache attack helicopter’s maiden flight at AFS Hindon. The helicopter is planned to be inducted into the IAF on 03 Sep 19 at AFS Pathankot (sic)”.
An order for 22 attack choppers and 15 Chinook heavy-lift choppers was finalised by the Defence Ministry in 2015 at a cost of $ 3 billion. Six more Apaches were cleared for the Indian Army in 2017.