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In pictures: Indian Air Force inducts eight Apache attack helicopters

Updated : 2019-09-04 11:43:05

In a major boost to the Indian Air Force's combat capabilities, eight US-made Apache AH-64E attack helicopters were inducted into the IAF on Tuesday. "Apache-64-E attack helicopters will replace the ageing Mi-35 fleet, Apache helicopters will enhance the operational capabilities of the IAF and the strike force," said Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa, who was the chief guest at the induction ceremony, which took place at the Pathankot Air Force station. The AH-64E Apache is one of the world's most advanced multi-role combat helicopters and is flown by the US Army. The IAF had signed a multi-billion dollar contract with the US government and Boeing Ltd in September 2015 for 22 Apache helicopters. The first four of the 22 helicopters were handed over to the air force by Boeing on July 27. The delivery of the first batch of Apache helicopters to the IAF at the Hindan air base had come nearly four years after a multi-billion dollar deal for the choppers was sealed. (Source: PTI)

An AH-64E Apache helicopter is sprayed with water during its induction ceremony into the Indian Air Force at the Pathankot air force station, on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)
An AH-64E Apache helicopter is sprayed with water during its induction ceremony into the Indian Air Force at the Pathankot air force station, on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)
An Indian Air Force soldier stands near a AH-64E Apache helicopter during its induction ceremony at the Pathankot air force station, on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)
An Indian Air Force soldier stands near a AH-64E Apache helicopter during its induction ceremony at the Pathankot air force station, on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)
An Indian Air Force soldier stands near a AH-64E Apache helicopter during its induction ceremony at the Pathankot air force station, on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)
An Indian Air Force soldier stands near a AH-64E Apache helicopter during its induction ceremony at the Pathankot air force station, on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)
AH-64E Apache helicopters fly during their induction ceremony into the Indian Air Force at the Pathankot air force station, on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)
AH-64E Apache helicopters fly during their induction ceremony into the Indian Air Force at the Pathankot air force station, on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)
An AH-64E Apache helicopter flies during its induction ceremony into the Indian Air Force at the Pathankot Air Force Station, on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)
An AH-64E Apache helicopter flies during its induction ceremony into the Indian Air Force at the Pathankot Air Force Station, on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)
Indian Air Force chief BS Dhanoa, receives a symbolic key from Boeing India President Salil Gupte during the induction ceremony of AH-64E Apache helicopters into the Indian Air Force at the Pathankot Air Force Station, on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)
Indian Air Force chief BS Dhanoa, receives a symbolic key from Boeing India President Salil Gupte during the induction ceremony of AH-64E Apache helicopters into the Indian Air Force at the Pathankot Air Force Station, on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)
Indian Air Force chief BS Dhanoa, holds a model of AH-64E Apache helicopter during its induction ceremony into the Indian Air Force at the Pathankot Air Force Station, on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)
Indian Air Force chief BS Dhanoa, holds a model of AH-64E Apache helicopter during its induction ceremony into the Indian Air Force at the Pathankot Air Force Station, on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)
Indian Air Force chief BS Dhanoa, center wearing turban, inspects a AH-64E Apache helicopter during its induction ceremony into the Indian Air Force at the Pathankot Air Force Station, on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)
Indian Air Force chief BS Dhanoa, center wearing turban, inspects a AH-64E Apache helicopter during its induction ceremony into the Indian Air Force at the Pathankot Air Force Station, on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)
Indian Air Force chief BS Dhanoa, center wearing turban, inspects a AH-64E Apache helicopter during its induction ceremony into the Indian Air Force at the Pathankot Air Force Station, on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)
Indian Air Force chief BS Dhanoa, center wearing turban, inspects a AH-64E Apache helicopter during its induction ceremony into the Indian Air Force at the Pathankot Air Force Station, on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)
An Indian Air Force soldier stands near a AH-64E Apache helicopter during its induction ceremony at the Pathankot air force station, on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)
An Indian Air Force soldier stands near a AH-64E Apache helicopter during its induction ceremony at the Pathankot air force station, on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)
An Indian Air Force soldier walks past a AH-64E Apache helicopter during its induction ceremony at the Pathankot air force station, on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)
An Indian Air Force soldier walks past a AH-64E Apache helicopter during its induction ceremony at the Pathankot air force station, on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)
AH-64E Apache helicopters fly during their induction ceremony into the Indian Air Force at the Pathankot air force station, on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)
AH-64E Apache helicopters fly during their induction ceremony into the Indian Air Force at the Pathankot air force station, on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)
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