Apache choppers will be for the IAF, says Browne

As many as 22 Apache helicopters, which are in process of being acquired from the US, will be for the IAF, Air Force chief N A K Browne said on Sunday.

"The Apaches are going to be with us as it is an ongoing acquisition process," Air Chief Marshal Browne said. The Defence Ministry had recently allowed the Army to have combat choppers and said all future acquisitions will be for it.

"The government has decided to let the Army have its own heavy duty attack helicopters. The decision to vest the future inductions of attack helicopters with the Army has been taken keeping in view the operational requirements in the field," Defence Minister A K Antony had told Parliament.

Browne said the Apaches are not just for taking out enemy tanks or for air-to-ground operations but they can be used for multiple tasks such as taking out enemy radar stations and for air-to-air missions.

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