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First AH-64E Apache, CH-47F Chinook helicopters for India makes maiden flight

American defence major Boeing has carried out the first flights of the Apache and Chinook military helicopters and delivery to the Indian Air Force will commence next year. India is procuring 22 AH-64E Apache attack choppers and 15 CH-47F(I) Chinook heavy-lift helicopters from Boeing.

First fleet of attack choppers

The government had finalised the contract for IAF’s 22 Apaches and 15 Chinooks in September 2015. Additionally, the defence ministry last year approved the procurement of six Apache helicopters along with weapons systems from Boeing at a cost of Rs 4,168 crore for the Army. This will be its first fleet of attack choppers

“First flight of India’s Apache and Chinook helicopters are important milestones towards strengthening Indian armed forces capabilities,” Boeing India President Pratyush Kumar was quoted as saying in a statement.

Mr. Kumar noted that the first flight of Indian helicopters is an important milestone in strengthening the capabilities of the armed forces of India.

“India will receive the most advanced versions of both the AH-64E Apache and the CH-47F Chinook.”

“Indian industry partners such as Dynamatics is building large sections of Chinook, and the Tata Boeing joint venture in Hyderabad is building the complete fuselage of the Apache,” it said.

In 2015, India ordered 22 Apache Guardian combat helicopters and 15 Chinook transport helicopters. The amount of the transaction was about $ 3 billion.

In 2017, the Government of India agreed to purchase another batch of 6 AH-64E Apache attack helicopters for a total of $ 654.6 million.

Tata’s contribution

Indian industry partners such as Dynamatics are building large sections of Chinook, and Tata Boeing Aerospace Limited, a joint venture between Boeing and Tata Advanced Systems in Hyderabad, is building the complete fuselage of the Apache.

  • AH-64E Apache: An Advanced Multi-role Helicopter

The AH-64 Apache is the world’s most advanced multi-role combat helicopter and is used by the U.S. Army and a growing number of international defense forces. Boeing has delivered more than 2,100 Apaches to customers around the world since the aircraft entered production. The U.S. Army Apache fleet has accumulated (as of Jan 2015) more than 3.9 million flight hours since the first AH-64A was delivered to the U.S. Army in 1984.

Support

Optimizing readiness of the Apache fleet around the globe is one of Boeing’s many missions. From performance-based logistics contracting and integrated fleet support to vertical lift maintenance, modifications and repairs, Boeing provides a broad spectrum of innovative products and services which directly support and enhance capabilities while reducing total cost of ownership. These award-winning services range from transactional spares to complete lifecycle support solutions that are uniquely tailored to the requirements of each AH-64 customer.

AH-64E Apache Technical Specifications

Length Maximum Level Flight Speed
Height 15.24 ft (4.64 m)
Wing Span 17.15 ft (5.227 m)
Primary Mission Gross Weight 15,075 lb (6,838 kg)
Vertical Rate of Climb More than 2,000 ft per minute
Maximum Rate of Climb More than 2,800 ft per minute
Maximum Level Flight Speed More than 150 knots (279 kilometers per hour)
  • CH-47F Chinook: Ready for any Military or Humanitarian Heavy-Lift Mission

The Chinook is a multi-mission, heavy-lift transport helicopter. Its primary mission is to move troops, artillery, ammunition, fuel, water, barrier materials, supplies and equipment on the battlefield. Its secondary missions include medical evacuation, disaster relief, search and rescue, aircraft recovery, fire fighting, parachute drops, heavy construction and civil development.

Chinook helicopters were introduced in 1962 as the CH-47 Chinook, and models A, B and C were deployed in Vietnam. As the product of a modernization program, which included refurbishing existing CH-47s, the first CH-47Ds were delivered in 1982 and were produced until 1994. A central element in the Gulf War, they continue to be the standard for the U.S. Army in the global campaign against terrorism. Since its introduction 1,179 Chinooks have been built.

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