Indian First AH-64Es Reaches Home on Jul. 27

Indian First AH-64Es Reaches Home on Jul. 27 21 July, 2019

The first batch of AH-64E Apache attack helicopters for the Indian Air Force (IAF) will reach Hindon Airbase in Ghaziabad on Jul. 27.

It is likely that there will be three to four helicopters in this consignment. But the deployment of Apache's first squadron in Pathankot will take another month. India has purchased 22 Apache helicopters from the United States.

The first squadron of the Apaches will be stationed at Pathankot and the first Commanding Officer will be Group Captain M Shaylu. The IAF has the 125 Helicopter Squadron (125 H SQUADRON), already deployed at Pathankot.

The Apache AH-64E helicopter is equipped with a 30-mm machine gun, which can fire up to 1,200 rounds at a time. Apache is also equipped with Hellfire missile and 70 mm Hydra rockets. The helicopter can fly at a speed of 150 nautical miles per hour.

The IAF currently uses the decades-old Russian made Mi-35 and Mi-25 attack helicopters with one squadron stationed at Pathankot and another at Suratgarh in Rajasthan.

The first Boeing AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopter was officially handed over to the IAF on May.

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