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Air Force gets Apache helicopter from U.S

May 12, 2019

The Indian Air Force (IAF) is all set to get its first batch of Apache Attack Helicopters by July. The first helicopter was handed over to the IAF at Arizona in the United States (US) on Friday. Air Marshal AS Butola received the helicopter on behalf of the IAF.

#ApacheInduction: First AH-64E (I) Apache Guardian helicopter was formally handed over to the IAF at Boeing production facility in Mesa, Arizona, USA on 10 May 19. Air Mshl AS Butola, represented the IAF & accepted the first Apache in a ceremony at Boeing production facility-Indian Air Force

The Apache helicopter is going to change the way defence in India has been till date. These helicopters can operate from a low-altitude and can even use hills and trees as covers. The first batch of pilots has already undergone training at the United States facility on how to fly the Apache helicopters.

According to reports, the Apache helicopters are customised to suit requirements of the IAF. After buying Chinook transport helicopters from the US, India is now gearing up to buy more Apache helicopters for defence.

"Super news. First Apache Guardian helicopter formally handed over to the Indian Air Force at Boeing production facility, USA. Significant step towards modernisation of IAF's helicopter fleet. It can carry out precision attacks at standoff ranges and operate in hostile airspace., tweeted Senior Journalist Aditya Raj Kaul.

"#IndianAirforce got its first Apache Guardian attack helicopter,21 more will come It's one of of the the finest attack helicopter in world. #Apache, Welcome to the family of @IAF_MCC Serve with Honour..Best Wishes, tweeted Special Forces Veteran Major Surendra Poornia.

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