India is set to receive the first batch of AH-64E Apache Helicopters from the US which will arrive at Hindon Airbase. The first consignment of AH-64E Apache Helicopters which has been developed by Boeing and will be transferred via the Russian Antonov AN 224 Transport Aircraft.
According to media reports, three to four AH-64E Apache helicopters will be delivered to India in the first batch. The first IAF unit to receive the AH-64E Apache helicopters will be the 125 Helicopter Squadron deployed at Pathankot while the second one will be stationed at Jorhat Air Base in Assam, as per media reports.
The first AH-64E Apache helicopters were officially handed over to the IAF during a ceremony at Boeing’s production centre in Arizona, on May 10. Indian Air Marshal AS Butola gladly received the first AH-64E Apache helicopter in a ceremony at Boeing production centre.
The AH-64E Apache helicopters will bring a great deal of modernization to the Indian armed forces. The defensive capabilities of the Indian armed forces to counter ground armoured threats will be enhanced significantly. Since 2008 the bilateral defence trade between India and the US has risen to USD 15 billion from near zero.
The deal approved by the Trump Administration is not just about the deadly Apache Helicopters. The Indian defence industry will also get control radars, the hellfire longbow missiles, stinger block I-92H missiles, night vision sensors, and inertial navigation systems from the US. With such ultra modernization of the Indian armed forces, India can tackle regional threats with ease.