IAF inducts 8 US-made Apache helicopters

Updated: Sep 03, 2019, 13:44 IST | mid-day online correspondent | Pathankot

The induction ceremony was held at the Pathankot Air Force Station

AH-64E Apache attack helicopter. Pic/PTI
AH-64E Apache attack helicopter. Pic/PTI

The Indian Air Force has inducted eight US-made Apache AH-64E attack helicopters on Tuesday, which is said to have given a major boost to its combat capabilities.

Officials had informed earlier that the aircraft will reportedly be formally inducted at the Pathankot Air Force station with Air Chief Marshal B S Dhanoa as the chief guest.

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The AH-64E Apache is believed to be one of the world's most advanced multi-role combat helicopters, which is flown by the US Army. "Eight of the Apache attack helicopters will shortly be inducted into the IAF, that will enhance the force's combat capabilities," a senior IAF official told PTI.

The IAF had earlier signed a multi-billion dollar contract with the US government and Boeing Ltd for 22 Apache helicopters in September 2015.

With inputs from PTI

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