New Delhi, 02 October 2015
Apache AH-64 attack helicopter
India's cabinet has approved the purchase of 22 Apache attack
helicopters and 15 CH-47 Chinook helicopters made by U.S.
manufacturer Boeing for $2.5 billion.
The 37 new helicopters
will replace the Indian Air Force's present fleet of Mi-35 Hind-E
The Indian Air Force could not buy both aircraft in 2012, due to
In July this year, Boeing and India's Tata Advanced Systems Ltd (TASL)
entered an agreement to collaborate on aerospace and defense
manufacturing and opportunities in integrated systems development.
"It is noteworthy that TASL will produce Chinook helicopter parts in
India even before the procurement contract is signed with the Indian
government," Pratyush Kumar, president of Boeing India, said in a
statement at the time.
The 22 Apache AH 64D Longbow is an advanced multi-role combat
helicopter, and is designed to perform under extreme weather
Not only does the Apache AH-64 — a multi-role attack helicopter —
have guns that the gunner can control just by moving his head, it
also boasts an impressive array of weaponry and a proven battlefield
The deal marks the latest push by U.S. industry into India's
security market, as Boeing announces a 'India's Time to Fly', an
aerospace innovation summit scheduled for October 16. The event is
part of a series of forums intended to celebrate Boeing's upcoming
centennial in 2016.
American companies have over the last decade bagged defence
contracts from India worth around $10 billion, including for
aircraft like P-8I maritime surveillance planes, C-130J 'Super
Hercules' and C-17 Globemaster-III in the transport category.
India will also be acquiring Hellfire missiles and rockets that make
the Apache AH-64 such a formidable beast.
Boeing AH-64 Apache Attack helicopter
The Boeing AH-64 Apache is a four-blade, twin-turboshaft attack
helicopter with a tailwheel-type landing gear arrangement, and a
tandem cockpit for a two-man crew.
Number of seats:
Boeing CH-47 Chinook Aircraft model
The Boeing CH-47 Chinook is an American twin-engine, tandem rotor
heavy-lift helicopter. Its primary roles are troop movement,
artillery placement and battlefield resupply.
35,000,000–35,000,000 USD (2008)
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