India is all set to procure additional Apache helicopters from the US for the Indian army who is in desperate need of having attack helicopters in its armoury to enhance combat capability. The Boeing-manufactured Apache helicopters are expected to cost around $930 million.
The Apache helicopters will have two key roles – to provide direct and accurate close air support for ground troops, and second, the anti-tank role to destroy enemy armour companies.
The induction of the Apache fleet came over six months after India carried out an airstrike in Balakot, Pakistan in a false flag operation. The IAF demanded to further bolster its combat capabilities to deal effectively deal with any security threat along both India-Pakistan and India-China border.
The AH-64E Apache multi-role combat helicopters are being bought under the US foreign military sales programme, Washington’s government-to-government method for selling US-built platforms. The deliveries of the helicopters will complete in 2022, the second official said.
Boeing is delivering Apache & Chinook helicopters to India as per the schedule. India has inducted 17 out of 22 Apaches and 10 out of 15 Chinooks ordered till now. Indian Army’s contract for 6 additional Apaches will also be inked soon.