After the Apache deal finally given a green signal by the US government, India is head on to adding another feather to its defense cap. The United States government approved a deal to sell six military AH-64E Apache attack helicopters for $930 million, to India. AH-64E Apache attack helicopters also known as the Apache Guardian is a Multi-role combat Helicopter that can function smoothly in any weather and at anytime.
In addition to aircraft, the contract includes night vision sensors, GPS guidance and hundreds of Hellfire anti-armor and Stinger air-to-air missiles.The six AH-64E Apache helicopter gunships are reportedly slated for delivery in 2020 after the completion of an initial order placed in 2015 for 22 AH-64Es and 15 CH-47F Chinook heavy-lift helicopters for the Indian Air Force (IAF). The six additional helicopters, however, are intended for service in the Indian Army’s Aviation Corps (AAC).
Boieng and Indian partner Tata have begun to produce Apache fuselages at a plant in India, but Tuesday’s approval concerns a direct sale of finished products from US manufacturers.
This will strengthen India’s ability to defend its homeland and deter regional threats.”
“This support for the AH-64E will provide an increase in India’s defensive capability to counter ground-armored threats and modernise its armed forces. India will have no difficulty absorbing the helicopters and support equipment into its armed forces,” the Pentagon said.
Apache 64-A is a four-blade, twin-turboshaft helicopter with a nose-mounted sensor suite that makes target acquisition simpler. The laser, infrared, and other systems makes the helicopter capable of locating, tracking, and attacking targets. It also has a combination of laser-guided precision Hellfire missiles, 70mm rockets, and a 30mm automatic cannon with up to 1,200 high-explosive, dual-purpose ammunition rounds.
The attack helicopter has a maximum cruise speed of 284 km per hour. With a height of 15.24 ft and wing span of 17.15 ft, the helicopter has a flight speed of more than 150 knots. This implies that the helicopter can travel up to 279 kilometers per hour. The air-to-air missiles fitted in the chopper give it an edge over the other enemy helicopters. It also has a major systems redundancy to improve combat survivability. The AH-64E Apache has the ability to control unmanned aerial vehicles. The self-sealing fuel system in the chopper protects it against the loss of fuel, making it handy in case of a war. According to its maker Boeing, the AH 64 is capable of classifying and prioritizing of up to 128 targets in less than 60 seconds.
United States is the primary operator of Apache. The chopper is operational in other countries like Greece, Japan, Israel, the Netherlands, Singapore, and the United Arab Emirates.
As defense has always been a priority to any country and an area that certainly can’t be overlooked at any stake. India seems to be taking it quite seriously. Well its certainly not a mere strategy but also the need of all time. And India seems to be catering to its need quite well.