From UPSC perspective, the following things are important :
Prelims level : Apache Helicopters
Mains level : Modernization of armed forces
- US aerospace major Boeing has handed over first of the 22 Apache Guardian attack helicopters to the Indian Air Force today.
- The addition of AH-64E (I) Apache helicopter is a significant step towards modernization of the force’s chopper fleet.
- The AH-64E Apache is a leading multi-role attack helicopter and is flown by the US Army.
- The helicopter has been customised to suit the IAF’s future requirements and would have significant capability in mountainous terrain.
- It has the capability to carry out precision attacks at standoff ranges and operate in hostile airspace with threats from ground.
- Its ability to transmit and receive the battlefield picture, to and from the weapon systems through data networking makes it a lethal acquisition.