IAF GETS FIRST APACHE GUARDIAN ATTACK HELICOPTER
12, May 2019
Prelims level : Apache Helicopters
Mains level :
GS 3: Science & Technology – Defence
Why in news?
- US aerospace major Boeing has handed over first of the 22 Apache Guardian attack helicopters to the Indian Air Force today.
- The addition of AH-64E (I) Apache helicopter is a significant step towards modernization of the force’s chopper fleet.
The AH-64E Apache is a leading multi-role attack helicopter and is flown by the US Army.
The helicopter has been customised to suit the IAF’s future requirements and would have significant capability in mountainous terrain.
It has the capability to carry out precision attacks at standoff ranges and operate in hostile airspace with threats from ground.
Its ability to transmit and receive the battlefield picture, to and from the weapon systems through data networking makes it a lethal acquisition.
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