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India-China standoff: How Indian Air Force’s Apache, Chinook will take on China’s attack helicopters along LAC


The Indian Air Force (IAF) has deployed its Apache and Chinook helicopters along the Line of Actual Control(LAC) as the Indian and Chinese armies face down a bitter winter in the high Himalayas this year.

India’s air chief Air chief Marshal R.K.S. Bhadauria had said recently that the forces are “fully prepared” for a “two-front war”.

“Our immediate offensive deployment of combat-ready units in response to the standoff at the LAC (Line of Actual control) in the north is indicative of our operational state today. We are determined to handle any contingency, undoubtedly, our capability and intent would deter,” Bhadauria had said.

“The Indian Air Force (IAF) is fully prepared for any type of conventional conflict or any other conflict, including two-front war. We always focus on building up and preparing our (IAF) operational capability against the current threat scenario, and we are completely ready for a two-front war as well,” the air chief said.

The Indian Air Force proudly displayed the Apache, Mi-35 attack helicopters during Air Force Day celebrations on October 8 as the forces prepare for a tough winter ahead.

AH-64E Apache attack helicopters  

According to Boeing, the IAF has a fleet of 22 AH-64E Apache attack helicopters. This year the company signed an agreement with the Indian government for the acquisition of six AH-64E Apache helicopters for the Indian Army.

The AH-64E greater thrust and lift, joint digital operability, improved survivability and cognitive decision aiding making it an elite fighting force capable of undertaking any mission under varied conditions.

Apache’s vertical rate of climb

The Apache’s vertical rate of climb is at over 2,000 feet per minute with a speed of 279 kilometres per hour. The company had handed the final five of the 22 Apache attack helicopters to the IAF in July.

The helicopter is equipped with Modernized Target Acquisition Designation System which provides day, night and all-weather target information including night-vision navigation capability. It also has Fire Control Radar to operate in the maritime conditions.

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