Day by day Indian army is getting stronger and advanced!!! Most of the army equipment is of foreign design and produced under licence in India but efforts are on to progressively design and manufacture equipment locally. The 41 Indian Ordnance Factories under control of Ordnance Factories Board manufacture most of the Army equipment like small arms, ammunition, combat vehicles, artillery, tanksetc.
Now Indian army is all set to get one of the most advanced multi-role attack helicopters ” Apache AH-64E“. 6 Apache AH-64E choppers is finally cleared by the Defence Ministry. Initially, India had ordered 22 Apache AH-64E , but only 6 were cleared at a meeting of the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) headed by Defence Minister.
It’s a happiest moment for all the Indians, because more advanced equipment’s our army gets, more secure our soldiers will be. Today if we are feeling secured it’s just because of our brave soldiers. To safeguard our country their safety play major role.
AH-64 Apache is an American four-blade, twin-turboshaft attack helicopter with a tailwheel-type landing gear arrangement and a tandem cockpit for a two-man crew. It features a nose-mounted sensor suite for target acquisition and night vision systems.
Things which we are not aware of combat choppers:
- This multi-role chopper can function in any weather and can fight at night.
- It’s air-to-air missiles sets it apart from other enemy helicopters.
- It can track up to 128 targets in less than a minute
- It has a very high missile range and is equipped with advanced sensors and stealth characteristics.
- It also has laser-guided precision Hellfire missiles and Hydra 70 rocket pods.
- It can climb between 2,000 ft to2,800 ft per minute.
- It can travel up to 279 km/hr.
- It is armed with a 30 mm (1.18 in) M230 chain gun carried between the main landing gear, under the aircraft’s forward fuselage.
- It has four hardpoints mounted on stub-wing pylons, typically carrying a mixture of AGM-114 Hellfire missiles and Hydra 70 rocket pods.
- The AH-64 is powered by two General Electric T700 turboshaft engines with high-mounted exhausts on either side of the fuselage
- The crew compartment has shielding between the cockpits, such that at least one crew member can survive hits.
- The compartment and the rotor blades are designed to sustain a hit from 23 mm (0.91 in) rounds.
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