Apache attack helicopters: India to import more from USA

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Apache attack helicopters: India to import more from USA

Part of: GS Prelims and GS Mains II- International Affairs; GS-III- Security

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  • 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.

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