India received the first helicopter AN-64E Apache
On May 10, 2019, the Boeing AH-64E Apache Guardian (temporary US registration number N4801A) of 22 units ordered by India under 2015 contract was officially unveiled at the Boeing Corporation plant in Mesa, Arizona.
On September 28, 2015, the Indian Defense Ministry signed a package of contracts worth $ 3 billion for the purchase of 22 AH-64E Apache Guardian combat helicopters and 15 CH-47F (I) Chinook transport helicopters (including for the purchase of AN helicopters) with the US Government and Boeing Corporation. -64E intended 2.1 billion dollars of this amount). Contract options included another 11 AN-64E helicopters and seven CH-47F (I).
The contracts were signed under a complicated “mixed” scheme, involving the purchase by the Indian Defense Ministry of AN-64E combat helicopters directly from Boeing’s Direct Commercial Sales (DCS) line, and weapons, equipment, spare parts and property to them. the US government has agreements under the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program of intergovernmental foreign military sales. FMS will also train Indian personnel. In particular, it is known that the FMS delivery will include 12 AN / APG-76 Longbow radars, 812 AGM-114L-3 Longbow Hellfire and 542 GM-114R-3 Hellfire II missiles, as well as 242 FIM-92H Stinger Block missiles I in the air-to-air version. CH-47F (I) helicopters are fully purchased from Boeing through the DCS line.
Under the terms of the contracts, Boeing pledged to reinvest 30% of the value of the agreements in India in the form of offsets. In particular, under the agreement of Boeing with the Indian company Tata Advanced Systems Ltd. (TASL, the defense division of the Tata group) created a joint venture Tata Boeing Aerospace Limited (TBAL), which should become the only subcontractor manufacturer of the Boeing AH-64 Apache combat helicopters manufactured by Boeing in the USA for both the US Army and for foreign customers, including India. The opening of the production of the company TBAL took place on March 1, 2018 in Hyderabad. In addition to the fuselages, a number of structural elements of Apache helicopters will be produced at TBAL, including the wing spars.
The first AN-64E helicopter built for India (temporary US registration number N4801A) made the first flight to Mesa on July 16, 2018.
Currently, the Government of India plans to conclude an agreement with the United States on the supply of six more AN-64E helicopters for the implementation of the option, which, apparently, will come into service no longer the Air Force, but the Army Aviation of India.