Boeing has secured a contract from the Indian Ministry of Defence for the delivery of advanced AH-64E Apache and CH-47F Chinook helicopters.
Recently, India’s Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) cleared the $2.5bn deal to buy 22 Apache and 15 Chinook.
Boeing India president Pratyush Kumar said: "This acquisition enhances the Indian Air Force’s capabilities and offers us an opportunity to further accelerate ‘Make in India.’
"Large sections of the Chinook fuselage are already manufactured in India and discussions are ongoing with our Indian partners to make Apache parts."
India will receive these new capabilities under a Direct Commercial Sale (DCS) contract and the US’ Foreign Military Sales (FMS) programme.
The latest development makes India the 14th nation to select the Apache and the 19th nation to secure the Chinook.
Claimed to be the world’s leading multi-role attack helicopter, the AH-64E Apache features better performance, joint digital operability, enhanced survivability and cognitive decision aiding.
The CH-47F Chinook, an advanced multi-mission helicopter, is suitable for trooping, resupply, and battlefield casualty evacuation, as well as for carrying internal and underslung loads.
Defense, Space and Security in India vice-president Dennis Swanson said: "The Apache and Chinook represent the best of high-performing technologies that will modernise India’s defence 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."
The 22 Apache helicopters are expected to replace Indian Air Force’s (IAF) Mi-35 attack helicopters, while Chinooks would replace the IAF’s ageing Mi-26 fleet.
Image: The AH-64E Apache and 15 CH-47F Chinook helicopters. Photo: courtesy of Boeing photo.