Indian Army will get six Apache attack helicopters
Indian Army will get six Apache attack helicopters On 17 August 2017, a proposal was cleared by the Defence Ministry to obtain six Apache AH64E attack helicopters for the Indian Army from the United States. The Boeing-manufactured helicopters, equipment associated with it and the training are expected to cost around Rs 4,168 crore. Initially, India had ordered 22 of these helicopters in September, but only six were approved at a meeting of the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), which was headed by the Defence Minister, Arun Jaitley.
Highlights of Apache Helicopter:
- These multi-tasking choppers can function in any weather and can also fight at night.
- Its air-to-air missiles set it apart from other enemy helicopters.
- In less than a minute, the chopper can track up to 128 targets
- It has a very high missile range and is equipped with advanced sensors and stealth characteristics.
- It also has laser-guided precision Hellfire missiles and Hydra 70 rocket pods.
- Before acquiring these choppers, India did not have any attack helicopters.
- Countries like Japan, Israel, and Singapore also have these choppers.
- The US has the most number of these choppers.