The first fuselage for the Indian Army’s contract for six AH-64E Apache attack helicopters has recently been rolled out of the Tata Boeing Aerospace Limited (TBAL) facility in Hyderabad.
The first Apache is scheduled to be delivered to the Army in February 2024 and training of Army Aviation pilots and technicians commenced in the U.S. recently.
About AH-64E Apache –
- It is the world’s most advanced multi-role combat helicopter.
- Country of Origin — United States
- Manufacturer — Boeing
- It is also known as Apache Guardian.
- The AH-64E attack helicopter is the latest version of the AH-64, used by the US Army.
- Other purchasers — India, Egypt, Greece, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, South Korea, Kuwait, Netherlands, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, UAE, UK.
- Features —
- It is designed and equipped with an open systems architecture to incorporate the latest communications, navigation, sensor, and weapon systems.
- Has greater thrust and lift, joint digital operability, improved survivability and cognitive decision aiding.
- The AH-64E includes a new integrated infrared laser that allows for easier target designation and enhanced infrared imagery that blends infrared and night vision capabilities.
- Apache for Indian defence forces — The Indian Air Force has a fleet of 22 AH-64E Apache attack helicopters, and in 2020, Boeing signed an agreement with the Government of India for the acquisition of six more Apache helicopters for the Indian Army.
About the Tata Boeing Aerospace Limited (TBAL) –
- It is a joint venture between Tata Advanced Systems Limited and aircraft manufacturer Boeing.
- Boeing’s first equity joint venture in India.
- TBAL manufacturing facility is located in Hyderabad.
- TBAL is the sole global producer of fuselages for AH-64 Apache helicopters.