India’s Defence Ministry orders 37 Boeing helicopters
India’s Ministry of Defence has finalised an order with Boeing for the production, training and support of Apache and Chinook helicopters. The order is for 22 AH-64E Apache attack helicopters and 15 CH-47F Chinook heavy-lift helicopters. Both are the newest models of those aircraft.
Pratyush Kumar, president, Boeing India said, “This is a milestone in Boeing’s expanding commitment to India. Large sections of the Chinook fuselage are already manufactured in India and discussions are ongoing with our Indian partners to make Apache parts.”
The Apache is one of the world’s leading multi-role attack helicopters. The AH-64E Apache, the most modern variant also flown by the US Army, features enhanced performance, joint digital operability, improved survivability and cognitive decision aiding.
The CH-47F Chinook is an advanced multi-mission helicopter operated by the US Army and 18 other defense forces. The Chinook has proven its ability to operate in the range of conditions that typify the Indian subcontinent, including delivering heavy payloads to high altitudes.
Dennis Swanson, vice president, defense, space and security in India said, “The Apache and Chinook represent the best of high-performing technologies that will modernise India’s defense capabilities. We look forward to delivering the newest Apache and Chinook to our customers and remain focused on delivering on its commitments to the Indian Air Force and India’s Ministry of Defence.”
India is the 14th nation to select the Apache and the 19th nation to select the Chinook.