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Apache helicopters for Indian Army

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Published : Aug 17, 2023, 12:28 am IST
Updated : Aug 17, 2023, 12:28 am IST

Boeing discloses production of Apaches has started in Mesa, Arizona

Tata Boeing Aerospace Limited (TBAL) had earlier delivered the first AH-64 Apache fuselage for the Indian Army earlier this year from its advanced facility in Hyderabad. (AFP)
 Tata Boeing Aerospace Limited (TBAL) had earlier delivered the first AH-64 Apache fuselage for the Indian Army earlier this year from its advanced facility in Hyderabad. (AFP)

New Delhi: American aerospace giant Boeing announced on Wednesday the initiation of Apache helicopter production intended for delivery to the Indian Army. A total of six AH-64E Apaches are slated to be handed over to the Indian Army. The AH-64 Apache, renowned as one of the world's most advanced multi-role combat helicopters, is extensively used by the US Army.

Boeing disclosed, "Production of the Indian Army's Apaches is commencing in Mesa, Arizona."

Tata Boeing Aerospace Limited (TBAL) had earlier delivered the first AH-64 Apache fuselage for the Indian Army earlier this year from its advanced facility in Hyderabad.

Salil Gupte, president of Boeing India, remarked, "We are pleased to reach yet another significant milestone, highlighting Boeing's unwavering commitment to support India's defence capabilities. The advanced technology and proven performance of the AH-64 will enhance the Indian Army's operational readiness and strengthen its defence capabilities."

In 2020, Boeing concluded the delivery of 22 E-model Apaches to the Indian Air Force and entered into a contract to manufacture an additional six AH-64Es for the Indian Army.

The delivery of the Apaches to the Indian Army is scheduled for 2024. Christina Upah, vice-president of Attack Helicopter Programmes and senior executive at Boeing's Mesa site, emphasised, "The AH-64E continues to be the world's premier attack helicopter. The AH-64 provides customers with unparalleled lethality and survivability, and we are thrilled to provide those capabilities to the Indian Army."

It's noteworthy that in September 2015, the Indian Air Force signed a multi-billion dollar agreement with the US government and Boeing Ltd for the procurement of 22 Apache helicopters. Moreover, in 2017, the Indian Defence Ministry approved the acquisition of six Apache helicopters along with associated weapon systems from Boeing at a cost of Rs 4,168 crore for the Indian Army.

 

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