Boeing AH-64E Apache for the IAF arrives in India
New Delhi, India, July 27, 2019 - Boeing [NYSE: BA] today announced the arrival of the first four AH-64E Apaches for the Indian Air Force (IAF) at the Hindan Air Force Station. An additional four Apaches will arrive in the coming week, and the eight will then move to the Patankhot Air Force Station for their formal induction by the IAF, in September.
By 2020, the IAF will operate a fleet of 22 Apaches, and these first deliveries are ahead of schedule. The order for production, training and support of 22 AH-64 Apache attack helicopters was finalized by the Indian Ministry of Defence in 2015. The Indian government also cleared the acquisition of an additional six Apaches for the Indian Army in 2017.
The AH-64 Apache is the world's most advanced multi-role combat helicopter. It is used by the U.S. Army and a growing number of international defense forces. Boeing has delivered more than 2,200 Apaches to customers around the world since the aircraft entered production.
India is the 14th nation to select the Apache, and is receiving the most modern variant, the AH-64E Apache, also flown by the U. S. Army. The AH-64E has the latest technology insertions, maintaining its standing as the world's best attack helicopter. It is the only available combat helicopter with a spectrum of capabilities for virtually any mission requirement.
For the AH-64 E, this includes greater thrust and lift, joint digital operability, improved survivability and cognitive decision aiding. It is uniquely suited to meet the commander's needs, including reconnaissance, security, peacekeeping operations, and lethal attack—in both land and littoral environments—all without reconfiguration.
The AH-64E Apache for the Indian Air Force completed successful first flights in July 2018. The first batch of Indian Air Force crew began their training to fly the Apache in the U.S. in 2018.
The arrival of the Apaches, ahead-of-schedule, validates Boeing's commitment to delivering on its promise of modernizing India's defense forces. Boeing has ensured high rate of mission readiness and increased operational capabilities through its current partnerships with the Indian Air Force.
Boeing is the world's largest aerospace company and leading manufacturer of commercial jetliners, defense, space and security systems, and service provider of aftermarket support. Providing the mainstay of India's civil aviation sector for more than 75 years, Boeing's performance driven aircraft are also playing an important role in mission-readiness for the Indian Air Force and Indian Navy. Boeing is focused on delivering value to Indian customers with advanced technologies and is committed to creating sustainable value in the Indian aerospace sector – developing local suppliers, and shaping academic and research collaborations with Indian institutions. Boeing has strengthened its supply chain with over 160 partners in India, and a JV to manufacture fuselages for Apache helicopters. Annual sourcing from India stands at $1 billion. Boeing currently employs 3000 people in India, and more than 7000 people work with its supply chain partners. Boeing's employee efforts and India country-wide engagement serves communities and citizenship programs to inspire change and make an impact on more than 200000 lives. For more information, visit www.boeing.co.in