AH-64E Apache: Ready To be Delivered To The Army
The first fuselage for the Indian Army’s contract for six AH-64E Apache attack helicopters has recently been rolled out of the Tata Boeing Aerospace Limited (TBAL) facility in Hyderabad.
- The first Apache is scheduled to be delivered to the Army in February 2024 and training of Army Aviation pilots and technicians commenced in the U.S. recently.
- AH-64E Apache is the world’s most advanced multi-role combat helicopter.
- Country of Origin: United States
- Manufacturer by Boeing
- It is also known as Apache Guardian.
- The AH-64E attack helicopter is the latest version of the AH-64, used by the US Army.
- It is designed and equipped with an open systems architecture to incorporate the latest communications, navigation, sensor, and weapon systems.
- Has greater thrust and lift, joint digital operability, improved survivability and cognitive decision aiding.
- The AH-64E includes a new integrated infrared laser that allows for easier target designation and enhanced infrared imagery that blends infrared and night vision capabilities.
- The Indian Air Force has a fleet of 22 AH-64E Apache attack helicopters, and in 2020, Boeing signed an agreement with the Government of India for the acquisition of six more Apache helicopters for the Indian Army.
- Tata Boeing Aerospace Limited (TBAL) is a joint venture between Tata Advanced Systems Limited and aircraft manufacturer Boeing.