Boeing completed the delivery of the final five Apache attack helicopters to the Indian Air Force (IAF) at Air Force Station Hindan, for a total of 22 AH-64E helicopters.
The delivery comes as the U.S. Military is backing India in its eight-week standoff with China in territorial disputes in the South China Sea and the East China Sea where from 20 to 100 Chinese soldiers may have died.
When U.S. President Donald J. Trump visited New Delhi earlier this year, India and the U.S. signed a contract for the acquisition of six Apaches for the Indian Army. The Army anticipates that the Apache’s be delivered to them in 2023.
The current order was placed in September 2015 by the Indian Ministry of Defence with Boeing.
India is one of 17 nations to select the Apache and has the most advanced variant, the AH-64E Apache that is also flown by the U.S. and many other countries. The AH-64E Apache is designed and equipped with an open systems architecture. This system includes the latest communications, navigation, sensor and weapon systems.
“Customer centricity, commitment to the modernization and mission-readiness of India’s defence forces are key values to our partnership with India. 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.
The AH-64E Apache also has an improved Modernized Target Acquisition Designation System that provides day, night and all-weather target information, as well as night vision navigation capability. The Fire Control radar classifies air and ground targets and has been updated to operate in the maritime environment. It is uniquely suited to meet a commander’s needs, including reconnaissance, security, peacekeeping operations, and lethal attack, across myriad environments – without reconfiguration.
Around the world, twenty defence forces either have Chinooks in service, or are on contract to receive them. The iconic tandem-rotor helicopter has been the world’s most reliable and efficient heavy-lift helicopter for more than 50 years. This allows customers to operate in climatic (hot), altitude (high), and crosswind conditions that typically keep other helicopters from flying.
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). Those innovations and technologies will help the Indian Air Force meet evolving mission demands, maximize interoperability, and reduce lifecycle costs.
Boeing’s joint venture in Hyderabad, Tata Boeing Aerospace Limited (TBAL) produces aero-structures for the AH-64 Apache helicopter for both US Army and international customers. TBAL marks a major step towards the co-development of integrated systems in aerospace and defense in India.
Boeing’s suppliers in India are manufacturing critical systems and components for the Chinooks. Which includes the crown and tailcone assembly by Tata Advanced Systems. The ramp and aft pylon are provided by Dynamatic Technologies.
Boeing works with over 200 suppliers and partners in the country in support of “Make in India” and “Skill India.”
Boeing Defence India provides holistic lifecycle solutions for government and defence customers in the country. Boeing delivers services that ensure high availability and mission-readiness of platforms to its defence customers. They accomplish this with their competitive costs and through their investments in services infrastructure and building local capabilities and partnerships.
With the induction of the Apaches and Chinooks, Boeing anticipates more opportunities in rotorcraft training and sustainment.