AH-64E APACHE (Syllabus: GS Paper 3 – Sci and Tech-Defence Tech)

News-CRUX-10     16th March 2024        
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Context: Preparing to induct the first batch of AH-64E Apache attack helicopters into its fold, the Indian Army Aviation Corps raised its first Unit at Jodhpur on March 15 that will operate the helicopters.

AH-64E Apache

  • About: The AH-64E Apache stands as the pinnacle of combat helicopter technology, renowned for its versatility and effectiveness in diverse roles.
  • Origin: Originating from the United States, the AH-64E is manufactured by Boeing, a leader in aviation technology.
  • Recognized by:  Alternate moniker, the Apache Guardian, highlighting its protective capabilities in the battlefield.
  • Evolution from AH-64: The AH-64E is the latest iteration of the AH-64 series, primarily utilized by the US Army, showcasing continuous advancements in combat helicopter design.
  • Global Reach: Beyond the United States, numerous nations, including India, Egypt, Greece, Indonesia, Israel, and more, have embraced the Apache for their defense needs.
  • Features:

oEquipped with an open systems architecture, facilitating seamless integration of cutting-edge communication, navigation, sensor, and weapon systems.

oBoasting greater thrust and lift capabilities, joint digital operability, improved survivability, and cognitive decision aiding, enhancing its operational efficiency and survivability.

oIncorporates an integrated infrared laser for precise target designation and enhanced infrared imagery, blending infrared and night vision capabilities for superior situational awareness.

  • Apache's Role in Indian Defense

oKey Asset for Indian Forces: The Indian Air Force already operates a fleet of 22 AH-64E Apache attack helicopters, bolstering the nation's defense capabilities.

oExpansion for Indian Army: In a strategic move, Boeing inked a deal in 2020 with the Indian government for the acquisition of six additional Apache helicopters, further fortifying the Indian Army's arsenal.