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India inducts first batch of Apache helicopters


On September 3, the Indian Air Force inducted the first batch of eight Apache helicopters at the Pathankot airbase.


India inducts first batch of Apache helicopters AH-64 Apache helicopters (Picture source: US Army)


The new fleet of Apache helicopters will be part of 125-Helicopter squadron, popularly called “Gladiators” of the IAF.

Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa during the induction ceremony said that the Apache attack helicopters are being purchased to replace the Mi-35 fleet.

Talking about the specifics of Apache helicopter Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa said, "Alongside the capability to shoot fire and forget anti-tank guided missiles, air to air missiles, rockets and other ammunitions, it also has modern EW capabilities to provide versatility to helicopter in network-centric aerial warfare."