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Indian Army Creates First Apache Attack Helicopter Squadron

The Indian Army has created its first AH-64E attack helicopter squadron in preparation for the arrival of six Apaches from the US.

The squadron was raised at a military base along the western front with Pakistan, with Army Aviation Corps Director General Ajay Suri and other officials in attendance.

Regarded as a “crucial milestone,” the move is expected to enhance the country’s aerial firepower and fortify ground operations.

It also reportedly underscores India’s commitment to bolstering its capabilities in the face of evolving security threats.

Apaches Under Order

In February 2020, New Delhi placed an order worth around $800 million for six Apache helicopters to be operated by the Indian Army.

The first three choppers were supposed to arrive in February, but a “slight delay” has moved their arrival to May this year.

India currently has 22 AH-64E Apaches in service with the Indian Air Force.

Described as the world’s most advanced attack helicopter, the Apache is designed to endure frontline environments and support day and night operations.

It can carry 16 AGM-114 Hellfire missiles, 76 2.75-inch air-to-ground rockets, and a 30-millimeter chain gun with 1,200 rounds.

The chopper can fly at speeds reaching 279 kilometers (173 miles) per hour and has an operational range of 476 kilometers (295 miles).

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