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Indian Army to get six Apache AH-64E helicopters

New Delhi, Aug 18, 2017: The Indian Army will soon get its first attack helicopters, after the Defence Ministry on Thursday cleared a long pending proposal to procure six AH-64E Apache helicopters at a cost of Rs 4,168 crore.

Updated:Thursday, August 17, 2017, 21:29

Indian Army to get six Apache AH-64E helicoptersNew Delhi, Aug 18, 2017: The Indian Army will soon get its first attack helicopters, after the Defence Ministry on Thursday cleared a long pending proposal to procure six AH-64E Apache helicopters at a cost of Rs 4,168 crore.

In 2015, India had signed a nearly USD 3 billion deal for purchase of 22 Apache attack helicopters and 15 Chinook heavy-lift choppers with American aviation giant Boeing and the US government.

The Indian Army has long asked for its own fleet of attack helicopters, and the Army and IAF had previously locked horns over who would keep the fleet. Former Air Force chief NAK Browne had said as per a Joint Army Air Instruction (JAAI) of 1986, the IAF would operate helicopters of all kinds and Army`s charter was limited to light utility helicopters.

The Apache attack choppers are one of the most advanced multi-role combat helicopters, featuring all-weather and night-fighting features.

Source: Zee News

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