The second batch of four AH-64E Apache attack helicopters, ordered for the Indian Air Force (IAF), has arrived at the Hindon Air Force Station near New Delhi on July 30.
The helicopters were transported from U.S. to India aboard an Antonov An-124 ‘Condor’ strategic airlifter. The first batch of four helicopters arrived in the country on July 27.
The helicopters will now be assembled and flight-tested at Hindon AFS before being officially delivered to the IAF later this month. The choppers will then be moved to the Pathankot AFS in Punjab for their formal induction to the Air Force fleet, scheduled in September.
In 2015, India had placed the order, worth $3.1 billion, for 22 AH-64E Apache attack helicopters, and 15 CH-47F(I) Chinook heavy-lift transport helicopters to be procured for its Air Force from Boeing though U.S. Foreign Military Sales (FMS) route. Additionally, six Apaches were cleared for purchase for the Indian Army in 2017.
In July last year, the first AH-64E Apache attack helicopter built for the IAF conducted its maiden flight at Boeing’s AH-64 Apache manufacturing facility in Mesa, Arizona in USA.
On May 10, the Indian Air Force formally took delivery of its first Apache during a ceremony at Boeing’s production facility in Mesa, Arizona, USA. During that ceremony, Air Marshal A.S. Butola, Commandant of Air Force Academy (AFA) Dundigal, represented the IAF and accepted the first Apache helicopter.