IAF inducts 8 U.S-made Apache helicopters

The Indian Air Force inducted eight U.S-made Apache AH-64E attack helicopters in Pathankot on Tuesday, which will give a major boots to its combat capabilities.

Officials said the aircraft were formally inducted at the induction ceremony at Pathankot Air Force station with Air Chief Marshal B.S Dhanoa as the chief guest.

The AH-64E Apache is one of the world's most advanced multi-role combat helicopters, and is flown by the U.S Army.

"Eight of the Apache attack helicopters inducted into the IAF, that will enhance the force's combat capabilities," a senior IAF official said.

The ceremonial key was handed over by the Boeing company.

The IAF had signed a multi-billion dollar contract with the U.S government and Boeing Ltd in September 2015 for 22 Apache helicopters.