India's dual programme to introduce Boeing's AH-64E Apache and CH-47F Chinook rotorcraft has cleared a significant milestone, with first examples of each type having been flown for the first time.

Boeing on 27 July released images of the attack and transport helicopters, each sporting a grey livery for future Indian air force service. Their debut flights were conducted in Mesa, Arizona and Philadelphia, respectively.

Indian Apache - Boeing


The lead examples from orders for 22 Apaches and 15 Chinooks will be delivered next year, Boeing says.

Indian Chinook - Boeing


India signed for its Apache and Chinook acquisitions in September 2015, while the US Department of State in mid-June gave its approval to a potentially $930 million deal to supply New Delhi with a further six AH-64Es.

“From coastal operations to high-altitude mountainous missions, these aircraft will play vital roles with the Indian armed forces,” says David Koopersmith, vice-president and general manager, Boeing Vertical Lift.