A day after both India and China decided to disengage their troops at the Line of Actual Control(LAC) after a high level talks between top officials of both the countries.
Indian Air Force (IAF) however continues its strict vigil along the border in LAC and deployed its Apache attack helicopters along with MiG-29 fighter jets and Chinook heavy lift helicopters at a forward airbase near India-China border for carrying out night operations.
The AH-64 Apache is the world’s most advanced multi-role combat helicopter and is also used by the US Army.
This attack helicopters are the most modern variant of the Apache helicopters.IAF has a fleet of 22 Apache helicopters.
Defence Ministry had finalised the order for production, training and support of 22 AH-64 Apache attack helicopters in 2015.
Apache is designed for all kinds of missions. It comes equipped with laser and infrared systems for day-night operations and armed with air to surface Hellfire missiles, 70 mm rockets and an automatic cannon.
IAF also deployed its MiG-29 fighter jets which onducted night operations at a forward airbase near India-China border. India will procure 21 MiG-29 fighters from Russia. Also US-made Chinook were deployed at a forward airbase near India-China border which were carrying out night operations.
The Chinook, twin-engine, tandem rotor is a multi-role, vertical-lift platform, which is used for transporting troops, artillery, equipment and fuel were s
“Night operations have inherent element of surprise. IAF is fully trained & ready to undertake entire spectrum of ops in any environment with help of modern platforms & motivated personnel”,said Group Captain A Rathi, senior fighter pilot at a Forward Air Base near India-China border.