IAF Apache (AH-64) combat fighter helicopter made emergency landing in Punjab.

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Apache (AH-64)

Yesterday, afternoon an Indian Air Force (IAF) newly purchased Apache combat fighter helicopter (AH-64) made an emergency landing in the fields of Budhawar village, Mekerian district Hoshiarpur due to technical glitch.

The apache had taken off from Pathankot airbase for a routine training sortie. The Captains onboard were flight lieutenant Anoop and lieutenant Rajat. After approximately one hour of flying Captains detected some technical problems and managed to land it without damage. Both Captains are safe. The helicopter has been retrieved after necessary rectification,” The IAF officials said.”

This was the first instance in eight months since the IAF purchased Apache (AH-64) helicopters in September last year.

The apache helicopters are produced by USA based company Boeing. Apache is a twin turboshaft attack helicopter with tailwheel type landing gear arrangement and a tandem cockpit for two Crew.

This helicopter has a nose-mounted sensor suite for target acquisition and night vision systems.

The Crew of Apache helicopter first trained by the Boeing along with the USA army. The Apache (AH-64) will replace the aging Mi-35 helicopters of the Indian Air Force (IAF).

A day before this incident IAF cheetah helicopter made an emergency landing on eastern peripheral highway near Baghpat, Uttar Pradesh. on Thursday.

Cheeta helicopter was on route Hindon Air-base to Chandigarh Air-base carrying samples of troops in Ladakh for the COVID-19 test.

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