India inks Chinook-Apache helicopter deals

Indian Ministry of Defense has signed the long pending deal with Boeing to acquire Apache attack helicopters and Chinook transport helicopters that will greatly enhance India’s capabilities across a range of military and humanitarian missions.

Under the $3 billion worth deal, India will receive 22 AH-64E Apache attack helicopters and 15 CH-47F Chinook heavy-lift helicopters. The deal also include training and support for the fleet.

Boeing will deliver the first helicopter within 3 years.

The AH-64E Apache, the most modern variant of the lethal multi-role attack helicopter, which is also flown by the U. S. Army, features enhanced performance, joint digital operability, improved survivability and cognitive decision aiding.

The tandem rotor CH-47F Chinook is an advanced multi-mission helicopter operated by the U.S. 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.

India is the 14th nation to select the Apache and the 19th nation to select the Chinook.

Boeing clinched the deal after beating Russian Mi-26T heavy lift helicopter and Mi-28 attack helicopter.