US aerospace main Boeing completes supply of 37 navy helicopters to India

New Delhi, July 10

In the midst of India’s tense border standoff with China, US aerospace main Boeing delivered the ultimate 5 of the 22 Apache assault helicopters to the Indian Air Force final month, and the fleet has now been a part of the property deployed in key air bases alongside the Line of Actual Control, officers mentioned on Friday.

Boeing mentioned it accomplished supply of all 22 Apache and 15 Chinook navy helicopters to the IAF and is totally dedicated to fulfill their operational wants of the Indian armed forces.

The AH-64E Apache is without doubt one of the world’s most superior multi-role fight helicopters, and is flown by the US Army. The Chinook is a multi-role, vertical-lift platform, primarily used for transporting troops, artillery, gear and gasoline.

India finalised a multi-billion greenback contract with Boeing to obtain 22 Apache helicopters and 15 Chinooks for the IAF in September 2015.

Both the Apache and Chinook helicopters have been pressed into service as a part of the IAF’s deployment alongside the LAC in view of the bitter standoff with China in jap Ladakh, officers mentioned.

“With this delivery of military helicopters, we continue to nurture this partnership and are fully committed to working closely with India’s defence forces to deliver the right value and capabilities to meet their operational needs,” mentioned Surendra Ahuja, Managing Director, Boeing Defence India.

India is considered one of 17 nations to pick out the Apache and has probably the most superior variant, the AH-64E Apache.

Defence and safety ties between India and the US have been on an upswing within the final six years. The bilateral defence commerce touched USD 18 billion mark in 2019, reflecting rising defence cooperation between the 2 sides.

Both sides have additionally been pushing for three way partnership and collaboration between non-public sectors of the 2 nations in defence manufacturing.

In June 2016, the US had designated India a “Major Defence Partner,” meaning to elevate defence commerce and know-how sharing with New Delhi to a degree commensurate with that of its closest allies and companions.

In a press release, Boeing mentioned the AH-64E Apache has an improved modernised goal acquisition designation system that gives day and night time goal monitoring system.

“In addition to classifying air and ground targets, the fire control radar has been updated to operate in the maritime environment. It is uniquely suited to meet a commander’s needs, including reconnaissance, security, peacekeeping operations, and lethal attack, across myriad environments – without reconfiguration,” the Boeing mentioned.

It mentioned 20 defence forces around the globe both have Chinooks in service, or are on contract to obtain them.

“The iconic tandem-rotor helicopter has been the world’s most reliable and efficient heavy-lift helicopter for more than 50 years, allowing customers to operate in climatic (hot), altitude (high), and crosswind conditions,” the corporate mentioned.

It mentioned the CH-47F(I) Chinook incorporates a contemporary machined airframe, a typical avionics structure system cockpit, and a digital computerized flight management system.

“Those innovations and technologies will help the Indian Air Force meet evolving mission demands, maximize interoperability, and reduce life-cycle costs,” it mentioned.

Earlier this 12 months, India and the US signed a contract for the acquisition of six Apaches for the Indian Army throughout President Donald Trump’s go to to Delhi.       

Boeing’s three way partnership with Tata in Hyderabad has been producing aero-structures for the AH-64 Apache helicopter for each US Army and worldwide clients. — PTI

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