Indian Army set to induct six AH-64 Apache attack helicopters

The Indian Army is preparing to induct six AH-64 Apache attack helicopters armed with Stinger air-to-air missiles, Hellfire Longbow air-to-ground missiles, guns, and rockets, under the Rs 5691 crore deal inked with the US in February 2020.

The deliveries of the helicopters, which are often referred to as “tanks in the air,” will take place between February and June next year.

These will follow 22 such helicopters already inducted by the Indian Air Force (IAF) under the Rs 13952 crore deal inked in September 2015.

The new induction comes even as the Army and IAF have finalised a plan to order 156 more indigenous ‘Prachand’ light combat helicopters from DPSU Hindustan Aeronautics, which are capable of offensive operations in high-altitude areas like Siachen Glacier and eastern Ladakh.


About AH-64E Apache attack helicopters

The AH-64 Apache is the world’s most advanced multi-role combat helicopter.

Used by the U.S. Army and a growing number of international defence forces, India is the 16th nation to select the Apache.

The AH-64E is an advanced multi-mission helicopter with the latest technology insertions, maintaining its standing as the world’s best attack helicopter.

It is the only available combat helicopter with a spectrum of capabilities for virtually any mission requirement, including greater thrust and lift, joint digital operability, improved survivability and cognitive decision aiding.

AH-64E Apache Technical Specifications

Standard Crew 2
Length 48.16 ft. (14.68 m)
Height 15.49 ft. (4.72 m)
Rotor Diameter 48 ft. (14.63 m)
Primary Mission Gross Weight 15,075 lb. (6,838 kg)
Maximum Operating Weight 23,000 lb. (10,432 kg)
Maximum Rate of Climb 2,800+ ft. (853+ m) per minute
Maximum Level Flight Speed 150+ knots (279+ kph)
Service Ceiling 20,000 ft. (6,096 m)
Ordnance 16 HELLFIRE missiles; 76 2.75-inch rockets and 1,200 30 mm chain gun rounds
Rate of Fire 600-650 rounds per minute