Boeing has completed delivery of all new AH-64E
Apache and CH-47F(I) Chinook military helicopters to the Indian
Air Force (IAF).
The final five of the 22 Apache attack helicopters
were handed over to the IAF at Air Force Station, Hindan. In
March, Boeing handed over the last five of 15 CH-47F(I) Chinook
heavy-lift helicopters to the IAF.
“Customer centricity, commitment to the
modernization and mission-readiness of India’s defence forces are
key values to our partnership with India,” said Surendra Ahuja,
managing director, Boeing Defence 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,” Ahuja added.
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 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
The Indian Ministry of Defence finalized its order
with Boeing for the production, training and support of 22 AH-64E
Apache and 15 CH-47F(I) Chinook helicopters in September 2015.
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.
Boeing’s joint venture in Hyderabad, Tata Boeing
Aerospace Limited (TBAL) has been producing aero-structures for
the AH-64 Apache helicopter for both US Army and international
customers. Boeing’s suppliers in India are also 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. Boeing today works with
over 200 suppliers and partners in the country in support of “Make
in India” and “Skill India.”