Boeing has begun production of six Apache helicopters for Indian Army at its Mesa facility in Arizona, United States of America, to meet its scheduled delivery timeline commencing from next year.

Tata Boeing Aerospace Limited (TBAL), a joint venture between Boeing and Tata Advanced Systems Ltd. (TASL), established in 2016, delivered earlier this year the Indian Army’s first fuselage of AH-64 Apache, an advanced multi-mission helicopter, from its advanced facility in Hyderabad, said the Boeing on Wednesday.

The TBAL has been delivering AH-64 Apache fuselages since 2018 and is expected to eventually become the sole producer of such fuselages in the world, with 90 per cent of parts sourced from Indian suppliers, read a statement from the Boeing.

“We are pleased to reach yet another significant milestone, highlighting Boeing’s unwavering commitment to support India’s defence capabilities,” said Salil Gupte, president, Boeing India. “The advanced technology and proven performance of the AH-64 will enhance the Indian Army’s operational readiness and strengthen its defence capabilities,” he added.

Premier attack helicopter

The US-based aerospace and defence company completed delivery of 22 Indian Air Force E-model Apaches in 2020 and signed a contract to produce six AH-64Es for the Indian Army which is reportedly worth about $930 million. The delivery of the Indian Army’s Apaches is scheduled for 2024, pointed out the Boeing.

“The AH-64E continues to be the world’s premier attack helicopter,” said Christina Upah, Vice President of attack helicopter Programmes and senior Boeing Mesa site executive. “The AH-64 provides customers with unparalleled lethality and survivability, and we are thrilled to provide those capabilities to the Indian Army,” the VP of program observed.

The six Apaches will be armed with Hellfire anti-armour and Stinger air-to-air missiles, night vision sensors, and GPS guidance, among other facilities.