Indian Air Force AH-64E Apache Attack Helicopter Makes Emergency Landing in Punjab
Indian Air Force AH-64E Apache Attack Helicopter Makes Emergency Landing in Punjab

Indian Air Force AH-64E Apache Attack Helicopter Makes Emergency Landing in Punjab

Indian Air Force (IAF)’s AH-64E Apache attack helicopter was forced to make an emergency landing in a Hoshiyarpur village Punjab province on 17 April after developing a technical fault. IAF statement says the Apache experienced a critical failure after an hour of flight. There was no loss of life or property. India’s AH-64Es are attached to the Indian Air Force 125 Helicopter Squadron, known as “The Gladiators” at Pathankot Air Force Station.

Indian Air Force AH-64E Apache Attack Helicopter Makes Emergency Landing in Punjab
Indian Air Force AH-64E Apache Attack Helicopter Makes Emergency Landing in Punjab (Image credit: via Livefist)

In April 2013, the Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) decided that the IAF would receive the 22 AH-64s. India ordered the 22 AH-64Es in 2015 with deliveries to begin in 2019. On 12 June 2018, the U.S. Department of State approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to India for an additional six AH-64E helicopters, armaments, and associated equipment in a deal worth an estimated $930 million. The U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress for approval.

Indian Air Force AH-64E Apache Attack Helicopter Makes Emergency Landing in Punjab
Indian Air Force AH-64E Apache Attack Helicopter Makes Emergency Landing in Punjab (Image credit: via Livefist).

On 11 May 2019, India officially received its first AH-64E Apache Guardian in a ceremony at Boeing’s Mesa, Arizona production facility. On 27 July 2019, India received its first four AH-64Es of 22 on order. On 3 September 2019, India inducted 8 AH-64Es into the IAF’s 125 Helicopter Squadron at Pathankot Air Base, Punjab. In February 2020, another six helicopters were ordered under a Foreign Military Sale including weapons, equipment, and training.

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