The Indian Air Force(IAF) has received its first Apache Guardian attack helicopters built for India at Boeing production facility in Mesa, Arizona in USA on Saturday.Air Marshal AS Butola who represented the IAF accepted the first Apache in a ceremony in Boeing production facility in the US.
The first batch of Apache Guardian attack helicopters will be shipped to India in July.
The IAF in their statement said that ‘“Selected aircrew and ground crew have undergone training at the training facilities at U.S. Army base Fort Rucker in Alabama. These personnel will lead the operationalisation of the Apache fleet in the IAF,” the IAF said in a statement’.IAF also added that The helicopter has been customized to suit IAF’s future requirements and would have significant capability in mountainous terrain.Boeing production facility in the US.
The addition of Apache is an important step towards modernisation of the IAF’s helicopter fleet.