24 Jul '17, 4am

India to deploy Apache Attack Helicopters near China to Stop Chinese Gunships intrusions

India to deploy Apache Attack Helicopters near China to Stop Chinese Gunships intrusions

Aggressive air support is crucial for advancing ground troops in a short and intense war. Last week, the government also allowed the Army to make ‘emergency procurements’ without going into red-tapism, to be prepared for a ‘short intense war’. According to officials privy to the development, Boeing, which manufactures these helicopters, will start delivering from early next year, and all 22 machines will be handed over to IAF in a time span of nine months. IAF has been asked to develop infrastructure, including hangers and helipads, to create base for these helicopters. According to IAF, Apache will be the first pure attack helicopter in the Indian forces. The IAF already operates two squadrons of the Russian-origin Mi-25 and Mi-35 attack helicopters, which are deployed close to the frontlines on the Pakistan border. But these helicopters are on the verge of retirement and...

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