IAF 87th Anniversary: A Look At Helicopters of Indian Air Force

The 87th Indian Air Force Day celebrates the day when the IAF was officially established in 1932. On the occasion, the Indian Air Force showcases their latest technology and the road that lies ahead. For this year, the much-awaited 36 Rafale Fighter jets will be received by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh in France. The IAF will also showcase the Chinook and Apache helicopters for the first time. Both the helicopters were acquired from the United States. In addition to this, a spectacular air display ceremony will also take place at the Hindon Air Force base near Delhi.

From carrying the Prime Minster to rescuing citizens from disturbed areas Hence, on the 2019 Indian Air Force Day we bring you a list of all the helicopters in the Indian Air Force’s fleet.

Boeing Apache AH-64E

The Attack Helicopter fleet of IAF got a major boost with the induction of Boeing AH-64E Apache helicopters. The Indian Air Force (IAF) has inducted a total of 16 of these machines till date, the latest being eight Apache reaching the Pathankot Air Force Station. By 2020, the IAF will operate a fleet of 22 Apaches, which is known as the world’s most advanced multi-role combat helicopter. The AH-64 E is known for its greater thrust and lift, joint digital operability, improved survivability, and cognitive decision aiding and is uniquely suited to meet the commander’s needs, including reconnaissance, security, peacekeeping operations, and lethal attack—in both land and littoral environments—all without reconfiguration.

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