Boeing Completes Delivery of Indian Apaches, Chinooks 22 AH-64E Apache Attack Helicopters and 15 CH-47F(I) Heavy Lift Helicopters Ordered in September 2015 Have Been Delivered to the Indian Air Force
Boeing announced on Friday that it had completed delivery of 22 AH-64 Apache and 15 CH-47 Chinook helicopters to India. The order worth USD 2.1 billion was placed in September 2015.
In a statement the U.S. aerospace and defence manufacturer said that ‘The final five of the 22 Apache attack helicopters were handed over to the IAF at Air Force Station, Hindan’. The statement added, that “Earlier in March, Boeing handed over the last five of 15 CH-47F(I) Chinook heavy-lift helicopters to the IAF.”
“With this delivery of military helicopters, we continue to nurture this partnership and are fully committed to working closely with India’s defence forces to deliver the right value and capabilities to meet their operational needs,” said Surendra Ahuja, Managing Director, Boeing Defence India.
According to Boeing, ‘India is one of 17 nations to select the Apache’ and one of 20 militaries around the world to have ordered or operate the Chinook.
Describing the AH-64E Apache, Boeing said, “The AH-64E Apache is designed and equipped with an open systems architecture including the latest communications, navigation, sensor and weapon systems. It has an improved Modernized Target Acquisition Designation System that provides day, night and all-weather target information, as well as night vision navigation capability. In addition to classifying air and ground targets, the Fire Control Radar has been updated to operate in the maritime environment.”
“The CH-47F(I) Chinook contains a modern machined airframe, a common avionics architecture system (CAAS) cockpit, and a digital automatic flight control system (DAFCS),” added Boeing.
“Earlier this year, India and the U.S. signed a contract for the acquisition of six Apaches for the Indian Army during U.S. President Donald Trump’s visit to New Delhi,” said Boeing.
Boeing’s joint venture with Tata, Tata Boeing Aerospace Limited is producing aero-structures for the Apache helicopter at their Hyderabad facility for U.S. Army and international customers. “Boeing’s suppliers in India are manufacturing critical systems and components for the Chinooks, including the crown and tailcone assembly by Tata Advanced Systems and the ramp and aft pylon by Dynamatic Technologies,” said the statement.
Boeing delivered the 2,500th Apache gunship, recently. This milestone AH-64E attack helicopter was delivered to the U.S. Army.