Quick chat with boe­ing’s pratyush ku­mar

SP’s Avi­a­tion posed a set of quick queries to Pratyush Ku­mar, Pres­i­dent, Boe­ing In­dia in a fol­low up to the lat­est deal of six Apache for the In­dian Army. He out­lined the de­tails as un­der:

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SP’s Avi­a­tion (SP’s): How will the Apaches ben­e­fit In­dian Army? Pratyush Ku­mar (Pratyush): The AH-64 Apache is the most ca­pa­ble multi-role com­bat he­li­copter, com­bin­ing per­for­mance and lethal­ity with more af­ford­able and ef­fi­cient main­te­nance. With In­dia’s 10,907 km-long bor­der that runs through hard and var­ied ter­rain, the AH-64E Apache can pro­vide di­rect and ac­cu­rate close air sup­port for ground troops and an­ti­tank role to de­stroy en­emy ar­mor. The Apache AH-64E for the In­dian Army will have the lat­est tech­nol­ogy insertions that make it a lethal at­tack he­li­copter.

The Apache is the only avail­able com­bat he­li­copter fea­tur­ing a spec­trum of ca­pa­bil­i­ties to meet vir­tu­ally any of the In­dian Army’s mis­sion re­quire­ments. The Apache, with its proven all-ter­rain mas­tery, is ca­pa­ble of giv­ing more teeth to In­dia’s mil­i­tary might. It is uniquely suited to meet the com­man­der’s needs, in­clud­ing re­con­nais­sance, se­cu­rity, peace­keep­ing op­er­a­tions, and lethal at­tack — in both land and lit­toral en­vi­ron­ments — all with­out re­con­fig­u­ra­tion.

Boe­ing wel­comes the op­por­tu­nity to sup­port the In­dian Army on their re­quire­ments. With this de­vel­op­ment, we look for­ward to sup­port­ing all three In­dian de­fense forces — the Air Force, Navy and now the Army. It’s note­wor­thy that un­der Prime Min­is­ter Modi’s ‘Make in In­dia’ ini­tia­tive, AH-64 Apache fuse­lages and other aero struc­tures are be­ing man­u­fac­tured at the Tata Boe­ing Aerospace joint ven­ture fa­cil­ity in Hy­der­abad.

SP’s: What all ca­pa­bil­i­ties will come with each ma­chine for the Army?

Pratyush: Please con­tact the MoD for this.

SP’s: What kind of edge Apaches will give to In­dian Army ver­sus the armies in the neigh­bor­hood op­er­at­ing dif­fer­ent types?

Pratyush: The Apache’s ap­pli­ca­tion range is un­matched and ranges across spec­trum of con­flict. It has been used time and again by the US Army as well as in­ter­na­tional cus­tomers for mil­i­tary and train­ing op­er­a­tions to peace en­force­ment, hu­man­i­tar­ian re­lief, dis­as­ter re­lief, na­tional de­fense and counter spe­cial op­er­a­tions forces.

The Apache rep­re­sents the best of high-per­form­ing tech­nolo­gies that will boost the In­dian Army’s com­bat ca­pa­bil­i­ties

The im­proved drive sys­tem fea­tures a new split-torque face gear trans­mis­sion that in­creases power ca­pa­bil­ity to 3,400 shaft horse­power. The new com­pos­ite main ro­tor blade ac­com­mo­dates the power in­crease, re­sult­ing in im­proved air­craft per­for­mance with in­creased pay­load.

The air­craft ca­pa­bil­i­ties fea­tures in­creased digi­ti­sa­tion, the joint tac­ti­cal ra­dio sys­tem, en­hanced engines and drive sys­tems, ca­pa­bil­ity to con­trol UAVs and new com­pos­ite ro­tor blade. The new blades, which suc­cess­fully com­pleted flight test­ing in May 2004, helps in­crease the Apache’s cruise speed, climb rate and pay­load ca­pa­bil­ity. Apache has a strong shell made of com­pos­ite fi­bres to pro­tect the pilots from bul­lets.

In­te­grat­ing the T700-GE-701D en­gine with the en­hanced dig­i­tal elec­tronic con­trol unit and other drive sys­tem tech­nolo­gies re­sults in an in­crease in hover ceil­ing al­ti­tude at greater gross weight on a 95-de­gree Fahren­heit day. The twin-en­gine tan­dem seat Apache is oper­ated by two pilots, and can ex­e­cute an at­tack within 30 sec­onds of an alert.

The Apache can be equipped with air-to-air mis­siles and the ad­vanced pre­ci­sion kill weapon sys­tem rock­ets. The Long­bow Apache car­ries the com­bi­na­tion of ar­ma­ments cho­sen for the par­tic­u­lar mis­sion. In the close sup­port role, the he­li­copter car­ries 16 Hell­fire mis­siles on four four-rail launch­ers and four air-to-air mis­siles. The Long­bow Apache’s radar dome is un­masked for a sin­gle radar scan and then re-masked.

SP’s: What all roles these ver­sion of Apaches can play?

Pratyush: The Apache is the only avail­able com­bat he­li­copter with a spec­trum of ca­pa­bil­i­ties for vir­tu­ally any mis­sion re­quire­ment. It is uniquely suited to meet the com­man­der’s needs, in­clud­ing re­con­nais­sance, se­cu­rity, peace­keep­ing op­er­a­tions, and lethal at­tack — in both land and lit­toral en­vi­ron­ments—all with­out re­con­fig­u­ra­tion.


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