The India Ministry of Defence has finalized its order with Boeing for production, training and support of Apache and Chinook helicopters that will greatly enhance India’s capabilities across a range of military and humanitarian missions. India will receive 22 AH-64E Apache attack helicopters and 15 CH-47F Chinook heavy-lift helicopters. Both are the newest models of those 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 Apache is the world’s leading multi-role attack helicopter. The AH-64E Apache, the most modern variant also flown by the U. S. Army, features enhanced performance, joint digital operability, improved survivability and cognitive decision aiding.
The CH-47F Chinook is an advanced multi-mission helicopter operated by the U.S. Army and 18 other defense forces. The Chinook has proven its ability to operate in the range of conditions that typify the Indian subcontinent, including delivering heavy payloads to high altitudes.
«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».
India is the 14th nation to select the Apache and the 19th nation to select the Chinook.
«The Apache and Chinook represent the best of high-performing technologies that will modernize India’s defense capabilities», said Dennis Swanson, vice president, Defense, Space & Security in India. «We look forward to delivering the newest Apache and Chinook to our customers and remain focused on delivering on its commitments to the Indian Air Force and India’s Ministry of Defence».
The AH-64 Apache is the world’s most advanced multi-role combat helicopter and is used by the U.S. Army and a growing number of international defense forces. Boeing has delivered more than 2,100 Apaches to customers around the world since the aircraft entered production. The U.S. Army Apache fleet has accumulated (as of Jan 2015) more than 3.9 million flight hours since the first AH-64A was delivered to the U.S. Army in 1984.
|Length||58.17 feet/17.73 m|
|Height||15.24 feet/4.64 m|
|Wing Span||17.15 feet/5.227 m|
|Primary Mission Gross Weight||15,075 lbs/6,838 kg|
|Vertical Rate of Climb||More than 2,000 feet/610 m per minute|
|Maximum Rate of Climb||More than 2,800 feet/853 m per minute|
|Maximum Level Flight Speed||More than 150 knots/172.6 mph/279 km/h|
The CH-47F Chinook is an advanced multi-mission helicopter for the U.S. Army and international defense forces. It contains a fully integrated, digital cockpit management system, Common Aviation Architecture Cockpit and advanced cargo-handling capabilities that complement the aircraft’s mission performance and handling characteristics.
|Rotor Diameter||18.29 m/60 feet|
|Length with Rotors Operating||30.14 m/98 feet, 10.7 inch|
|Fuselage||15.46 m/50 feet, 9 inch|
|Height||5.68 m/18 feet, 7.8 inch|
|Fuselage Width||3.78 m/12 feet, 5 inch|
|Fuel Capacity||20,411 kg/45,000 lbs|
|Maximum Gross Takeoff||36,700 kg/81,000 lbs|
|Maximum Gross Weight||22,680 kg/50,000 lbs|
|Useful Load||10,886 kg/24,000 lbs|
|Maximum Speed||170 KTAS/196 mph/302 km/h|
|Cruise Speed||157 KTAS/181 mph/291 km/h|
|Service Ceiling||6,096 m/20,000 feet|
|Mission Radius||200 NM/370.4 km|