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Delivery of 37 military helicopters to India completed by Boeing

Delivery of 37 military helicopters to India completed by Boeing

The United States aerospace major Boeing has successfully completed the delivery of the final five of the 22 Apache attack helicopters to the Indian Air Force in June 2020 amid the tense border standoff with China.

Key Points:

  • The fleet of the helicopters has been deployed at key air bases along the Line of Actual Control. Boeing has also delivered 15 Chinook military helicopters to the Indian Air Force.
  • The AH-64E Apache helicopter is among the most advanced multi-role combat helicopters in the world and is employed by the US Army.
  • The Chinook helicopter is a multi-role, vertical-lift platform, and is mainly utilised for the transportation of artillery, equipment, fuel and troops.
  • The multi-billion-dollar contract was finalised with Boeing for the procurement of 15 Chinooks and 22 Apache helicopters for the IAF in September 2015.
  • India is among the 17 countries that have the most advanced variant of the Apache Helicopter, the AH-64E Apache.
  • The Defence and Security ties between India and the US have been on the rise, and the bilateral defence trade increased to $18 billion in 2019, depicting increased defence cooperation between the two countries.
  • India was designated as a “Major Defence Partner,” in June 2016 by the US and the US has elevated ties with India in terms of defence trade and technology on par with the closest allies and partners.

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