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India Orders Apaches, Chinooks from Boeing

The Indian Ministry of Defense has finalized an order for nearly 40 new Apache and Chinook helicopters from Boeing, according to a company news release.

The order will cover production, training, and support for 22 AH-64E Apache attack helicopters and 15 CH-47F Chinook heavy-lift helicopters, both the newest models of the respective aircraft.

“This is a milestone in Boeing’s expanding commitment to India,” said Pratyush Kumar, president, Boeing India. “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.”

The AH-64E Apache has enhanced performance over earlier models, along with joint digital operability, survivability upgrades, and cognitive decision aiding, according to the release.

The CH-47F has an advanced digital glass cockpit, digital automatic flight control system to ease pilot workload, more powerful engines, revised and strengthened airframe, and new cargo handling system, among other improvements.

“These new aircraft will provide world-class capabilities to meet the Indian Air Force’s missions today, tomorrow and well into the future,” said David Koopersmith, vice president and general manager, Boeing Vertical Lift division. “This agreement represents another major step forward in our long and successful relationship with India.”