Sunday 18 August 2019, 10:55 PM
Apache 64 copter will be game changer
By Sushil Sharma | Bharat Defence Kavach | Publish Date: 7/10/2019 5:37:54 PM
Apache 64 copter will be game changer

In what will be game changer for the Indian forces, the first US-made Apache AH-64E attack helicopter is set to arrive in India by mid-July and will be inducted into the Indian Air Force (IAF) a few weeks later at the frontline Pathankot Air Force Station.The helicopter is slated to arrive on July 18 and will come from the Boeing facility in the US in heavy-lift cargo plane C-17.  The induction is planned at Pathankot as it already holds a unit of Soviet/Russian attack helicopters. 

It also indicates that the copter would be a strike formation in case of ground attack facing west and also to strike at locations as high as 21,000 feet in the Himalayas, to prevent a re-run of the 1999 Kargil conflict when Pakistan Army occupied peaks as high as 17,000 feet on Indian side of Line of Control (LoC) to target Indian positions. Post the conflict, the IAF felt that a good combat helicopter that could attack enemy position at an altitude of 15,000 would come handy.  

This is the first attack helicopter from the US. The IAF currently uses Soviet/Russian origin Mi-25/Mi-35 helicopters. These are tasked with tank formations and the Apache is proven ‘tank buster’. Earlier, Boeing had handed over the first Apache to an IAF official at a production facility in Mesa, Arizona, on May 11. 

The IAF had signed a contract with the US Government and Boeing in September 2015 for 22 Apaches.Select air and ground crew have undergone training at the training facilities in US. The helicopter has been customised to suit IAF’s future requirements and will have significant capability in mountainous terrain. It can fly up to an altitude of 21,000 feet.

The helicopter has the capability to carry out precision attacks at standoff ranges and operate in hostile airspace with threats from ground. The ability of these helicopters to transmit and receive the battlefield picture to and from the weapon systems through data networking makes it a lethal acquisition.

These helicopters will provide a significant edge in any future joint operations in support of land forces. The Apache is fitted with new sensors, avionics and has improved night operation capabilities. Furthermore, it can control a couple of UAVs.The airframe is designed to withstand hits from guns of up to 12.7 mm calibre. Rotor blades can withstand hits from 23 mm guns. The pilots get systems for the detection and attack of targets. The AH-64E comes with a 30 mm M230 cannon with 1,200 rounds of ammunition.

Tags:

game changer

DEFENCE MONITOR

भारत डिफेंस कवच की नई हिन्दी पत्रिका ‘डिफेंस मॉनिटर’ का ताजा अंक ऊपर दर्शाया गया है। इसके पहले दस पन्ने आप मुफ्त देख सकते हैं। पूरी पत्रिका पढ़ने के लिए कुछ राशि का भुगतान करना होता है। पुराने अंक आप पूरी तरह फ्री पढ़ सकते हैं। पत्रिका के अंकों पर क्लिक करें और देखें। -संपादक

Contact Us: 011-66051627

E-mail: bdkavach@gmail.com

SIGN UP FOR OUR NEWSLETTER
NEWS & SPECIAL INSIDE !
Copyright 2018 Bharat Defence Kavach. All Rights Resevered.
Designed by : 4C Plus