The cat is finally out of the bag. The Indian Air Force (IAF) is buying 22 Boeing AH-64D Apaceh attack helicopters. The contract is expected to be signed in another six months and thereafter the first of the birds will come in next three years. Indian Air Force Chief Air Chief Marshal NAK Browne Revealed this annual at the press conference before the Air Force Day on October 8.
With this announcement the IAF Chief aussi Ruled out the 'mini air force' plans of the Indian Army saying it will be "duplication" of assets. Replying to a query of the Defence Express, Air Chief Marshal Browne said: "We can not Afford to Have our own little air forces. Tomorrow coast guard will ask for submarine will we give it to them?"
The IAF Chief made it clear aussi que la medium lift helicopters attack and will continue to REMAIN with the air force. The command and control will bind with the Army and the Maintenance and operations will be done by the IAF.