Apache attack helicopters: India to import more from USA
Part of: GS Prelims and GS Mains II- International Affairs; GS-III- Security
- In early 2020, India will probablysign a deal with Boeing Company of USAfor additional six AH-64E Apache attack helicopters, estimated to cost around $930 million.
- These are in addition to 22 Apaches already being inducted by the Indian Air Force (IAF).
- It will replace the ageing Russian Mi-35 attack helicopters in service.
- Feature of Apache helicopters are:
- It is capable of delivering variety of weapons which include fire and forget anti-tank guided missiles
- Air to ground Hellfire missiles
- 70 mm Hydra rockets
- Air to air Stinger missiles
- They are day/night, all weather capable
- They also have high agility and survivability against battle damage.