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India takes delivery of first AH-64E Apache attack helicopter

The first Boeing AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopter was officially handed over to the Indian Air Force (IAF) during a ceremony at Boeing’s production center in Mesa, Arizona on May 10.

Indiat takes delivery of first AH 64E Apache attack helicopter The first batch of the helicopters is scheduled to be shipped to India by July this year (Picture source: Indian Air Force)

On May 28, 2015, the Indian Ministry of Defense (MoD) authorized the acquisition of 22 Boeing AH-64 E "Apache" helicopters and 15 Boeing CH-47F "Chinook" helicopters for 2.5 billion US dollars.

The sale of 22 AH-64D Apache combat helicopters also includes a wide array of weapons such as: 812 AGM-114L-3 Hellfire Longbow missiles, 542 AGM-114R-3 Hellfire-II missiles, 245 Stinger Block I-92H missiles . 30mm ammunition to supply the guns. A further 12 AN / APG-78 target definition radars, 12 radar-based AN / APR-48A interferometers. India is also planning to build a large spare engine stock with 50 General-El T700-GE-701D turbines.